A young person from a Westminster school has won ‘Best Pitch’ for her online business, a prize awarded by former BBC Apprentice stars Margaret Mountford and Tim Campbell.
Students came together for the launch of Westminster Enterprise Week 2017 on Monday at the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College, organised by Westminster City Council, in partnership with Bright Ideas Trust.
Students took part in a series of workshops, designed to help them acquire the skills needed to succeed in business, alongside a pitching competition judged by the celebrities.
Shanai Henry, 17 from the Peter Jones Academy at Westminster Kingsway College, impressed the panel with her online hair extension business idea.
Bright Ideas Trust will be providing support to Shanai, to help her to develop her business idea. Shanai’s business already exports high quality hair extensions from China and is focused on doing so in an ethical way.
Shanai said: “I can’t believe l won, it’s great that my business idea pitch was a success. My business idea aims to help people purchase hair extensions online in an easy and efficient way. I look forward to working with Bright Ideas Trust to develop my business. Thank you Westminster Enterprise Week for helping me achieve my business dream into a reality.”
The competition was judged by Margaret Mountford, a former aide to Lord Alan Sugar on the BBC’s The Apprentice, and Tim Campbell winner of the first series.
Westminster Enterprise Week is an annual event by Westminster City Council, supporting young people to turn their business ideas into reality by connecting students to the world-class enterprise support and networks on their doorstep. Westminster Enterprise Week is an official partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest entrepreneurship campaign.
More than half of young people in the UK aged 16 to 24 want to start their own business. We want to inspire the young people of Westminster to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, by giving them a head-start in the business world. During Westminster Enterprise Week they will nurture their ideas and creative talents and acquire the skills and confidence required to set up and run a successful business.
Cllr Robert Davis, MBE DL, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage, Westminster City Council said: “The City of Westminster has over 50,000 businesses and was home to more business start-ups than anywhere else in London, and we want to continue to encourage and inspire our young people to set up their businesses in Westminster.” We will also work in partnership with Westminster businesses and stakeholders to help inspire the young entrepreneurs of Westminster.”
Tim Campbell, Co-founder Bright Ideas Trust and first winner of BBC’s The Apprentice, said: “I’m really proud to be part of Westminster Enterprise Week, it’s our third year working closely with business partners to help young people understand the value of business. At Bright Ideas Trust we try to simplify what it means to run a business and democratise the information to inspire young people to reach their potential in doing what their passionate about in becoming entrepreneurs.”
A Women in Enterprise Panel providing an opportunity for Westminster’s aspiring female entrepreneurs to meet and learn from some of the country’s most successful and influential businesswomen. Young women will hear about the issues affecting entrepreneurial women in business today and pick up tips directly from the experts in their fields.
Ernst & Young will be running a social Hackathon and will kick-start this workshop with an introduction to tech megatrends such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Virtual Reality and others. Attendees have an opportunity to tackle the issue of Homelessness and pitch their ideas to a panel of experts.
A Self Confidence and Pitching workshop delivered by King’s Entrepreneurship Institute which will also include a tour of Business School and Entrepreneurship Institute and an introduction to the alumni of The Entrepreneurship Institute’s Accelerator Programme.
An Urban Land Challenge delivered by Land Securities during which students will be tasked with developing a hypothetical town. They will be split into groups to form property companies and respond to proposals from a fictional local authority.
Other exciting events include a music and creative tour, how to vlog, and how to become an entrepreneur. View the line up of all the events.