Students at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy marked Global Entrepreneurship Week by taking part in a whole host of activities to both celebrate and develop their entrepreneurial talent.   These events included the “Deck the Stalls” competition allowing students to showcase their business ideas for the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market to a chance to interview Neil Westwood, Dragons Den Slayer and inventor of The Magic Whiteboard.

Hannah Janowski 8D
Sophie Smith 11A
Joseph Morris 7D
Charlotte Noble 10N

On 15th November all students in the Academy took part in a school-wide challenge to create a business in a day.  Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship and is recognised by organisations all over the UK. At DACA the student s were challenged to becoming entrepreneurs for the day by setting up a brand new souvenir company. The mixed age teams explored each stage of creating and running a successful enterprise – from branding to product design, from marketing to management, from production to sales. The challenge culminated with a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style showdown, where each team had to pitch their business idea before an audience in order to win over investors and secure the final prize.  There were some really innovative ideas and great demonstrations of entrepreneurial talent from every student who took part.  The winning team consisted of Joseph Morris 7D, Hannah Janowski 8D, Charlotte Noble 10N and Sophie Smith 11A whose Deja Vue business really impressed the judges.  Mr Loughran, Principal said “The challenge explored key elements involved in building a business and will help students develop a wide range of skills – teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, resourcefulness, resilience and communication.”

The winners’ prize is a trip to the London Offices of global Financial Services giant UBS, on November 23rd. Here they’ll receive feedback on their business ideas and coaching on how best to present them from the UBS team, before a final pitch to a panel of experts, competing against other Aldridge sponsored Academy teams.