London South Bank University to host the Young Enterprise Central South London Company of the Year Awards.
London South Bank University will host the annual Young Enterprise Central South London Innovation Awards on Tuesday 19th March 2013.
This year, twelve real companies set up by 15 to 19 year-olds from schools across Central South London will battle it out at these prestigious business awards.
The students, from the Southwark, Lambeth and Wandsworth areas, are taking part in the Company Programme run by Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest enterprise education charity.
Since September 2012 the students have been gaining practical experience of enterprise through setting up and running their own real company. They have elected a board of directors, raised share capital, marketed their brand, sourced finances and then sold products and services throughout their communities.
Companies will be judged on three criteria – a Company Report, a Trade Stand and a Presentation. The judges for the awards will be Neil Churchill, Manager of Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth, Lynn Grimes from South Bank University who have provided the location for all of our Company Programme events and Phophi Khandela from DWP, who has recently opened her own business for young people called Dream Without Borders.
Schools taking part this year will be Bishop Thomas Grant School, Burntwood School, City of London Academy, Dulwich College, Emanuel School, Kingsdale Foundation School, Putney High School, Saint John Bosco College, Southfields Academy and St. Francis Xaviers College.
With an award for each of the criteria, companies also will also compete for the Best Overall Company award. The winning team will go on to compete at the Central London Final on 30th April 2013.
Serina Matharu, Young Enterprise Manager Central South London, said: “With the support of their teachers and business volunteers from local communities, these students have been learning through hands on experience what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to run their own company.
“By participating in the Young Enterprise Company Programme, more than 25,000 students a year develop the life skills needed to enhance both their personal and career development and get to see the positive side of business.”
Young Enterprise programmes empower the next generation with the confidence, ability and ambition to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. With the support of more than 3,500 businesses and over 5,000 schools, colleges, universities and local communities, we are the UKs leading enterprise education charity. With almost 50 years experience, we are an active member of Junior Achievement Worldwide and a founding member of JA-YE Europe.