Hertfordshire Young Entrepreneurs off to Cambridge
The University of Hertfordshire was buzzing with ideas and entrepreneurship on 10th June when they hosted the Young Enterprise County Final Competition. Two teams of enterprising students have been named Young Enterprise Hertfordshire Company of the Year and will go forward to represent the county at the East of England final in Cambridge on the 23rd June.
The Hertfordshire final saw the top eight teams out of an initial 89 student companies grilled by an expert team of judges from Price Waterhouse Coopers, the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, the University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council and Mainstage Travel.
Students and guests were delighted to hear from local young entrepreneur Rob Tominey of Mainstage Travel who recently was successful in gaining investment from The Dragons Den. Rob encouraged the young entrepreneurs to get out there and start something while they are still in education.
The students have been taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme, setting up and running their own businesses for an academic year, guided by business mentors.
The team from Presdales School in Ware, ‘Innov8’, have developed a simple but innovative clip to prevent ladies from losing their keys and headphones at the bottom of their bags. Team ‘MagnaCarda’ from Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood, Rickmansworth have developed a range of high quality handmade cards. They are delighted to be representing Hertfordshire at the regional event.
Yolanda Rugg, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce said:
“It was such a privilege being invited to judge, and sponsor the best presentations award however the bar was raised very high this year and was extremely close between the teams in several of the categories, which proved a tough debate for the judges. The feedback from the pupils endorsing the value of this program must not be underestimated, with particular reference to effective teamwork, and commercial acumen.”
Catriona, Austin, Young Enterprise Manager for the East of England, said:
“The standard was exceptionally high this year making it a tough decision for our judges; the two winning companies stood out for their innovative product design , attention to detail as well as their team work and commitment.”