More than 1,000 young people had the chance to brush up their business skills as part of Westminster Enterprise Week.
Organised as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Westminster City Council initiative helps nurture the next generation of budding entrepreneurs by connecting local students to the world-class enterprise organisations, employers and networks on their doorstep.
With 23 events hosted last week, and nine Westminster schools and colleges participating, the city’s fourth annual Enterprise Week provided our next generation of entrepreneurs – for anyone aged 16 to 24 - with a rare opportunity to pitch ideas to inspiring business leaders.
Cllr David Harvey, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community, said:
“The week gave many young people the chance to showcase their talents for business, and the chance to grill influential business leaders for top tips to help them as they start out.
“Westminster Enterprise Week always provides a great opportunity to nurture their ambitions, and it again proved highly successful as part our ongoing commitment to entrepreneurship in the city.”
Students from King Solomon Academy were winners of a business simulation challenge at Pergola Paddington. The team came up with a new venture for a venue, with the focus on providing space for under 18s. Westminster Academy finished as runners-up.
Other events in the week included:
· ZSL London Zoo - students giving ideas on how conservation work could be better communicated to visitors.
· A Women In Enterprise session featuring six inspiring business leaders including Victoria Ijeh, founder of video production and training company Iconic Steps.
Around 9 out of 10 young people who attended an event (88%) felt they had a better understanding of business and enterprise thanks to the scheme, showing its worth to young people as they begin their careers.