Young people in Liverpool are being encouraged to “Head for Business” following the launch of a new enterprise competition for primary, secondary and special schools in the city.
Organiser Liverpool Vision is hoping to build on the success of last year’s Great Enterprise Challenge, part of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, where the winners met and were presented with their prize of a trip to Washington DC by Sir Richard Branson.
Teams will again be given a £100 start up fund to help establish their business although the new competition is not a knock-out and will see teams awarded points for completing a series of challenges. These are focused around business planning, sales and marketing with volunteer business mentors supporting pupils through every stage.
Cllr Jane Corbett, Liverpool city council’s cabinet member for education, said: “Last year’s competition was a huge success and we’re grateful to Liverpool Vision for taking the lead in delivering such an important legacy following the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.
“More than 3,000 delegates witnessed the energy and passion shown by the young people taking part which was a real highlight and showed how the entrepreneurial spirit in schools across the city is alive and kicking.
“We’re confident that this year’s entrants will again deliver successful enterprises and continue to inspire us with their ideas.”
Max Steinberg OBE, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision said: “Liverpool Vision is confident that “Head for Business” will help nurture the next generation of innovative business talent that will be key to the future success of the economy in the city region.
“Last year’s winners from Parklands High in Speke and Rice Lane Infants in Walton have just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Washington DC.
“This is once again a fantastic opportunity for schools to showcase the enterprising talents of their children and young people and further strengthen and develop links between Liverpool schools, local businesses and entrepreneurs.
“With the support of Local Solutions all of our volunteer business mentors will be CRB checked and ready to work with participating schools across the city.”
Schools have until October 18th to enter the competition here