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Getting enterprise into schools

A climate change game that involves players acting out the effects of a hurricane, a pen that doubles as a stylish perfume atomizer and an iced tea drink made from the essence of the baobab tree.

All of these are prize-winning products dreamed up, manufactured and sold by teenage entrepreneurs in the course of a single year as part of the Company Programme run by the Young Enterprise charity.

Hands-on, exhausting and even at times a bit scary, the Company Programme last year gave 26,000 young people aged between 15 and 19 the chance to set up and run a real company advised by a volunteer from business.

They do everything from raising the initial share capital through to designing and making their product or service to selling directly to customers at specially organised trade fairs and ultimately winding up the firm and paying their taxes.

 

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