Ryedale School is delighted to announce that it has reached the finals of the prestigious annual National Enterprise Challenge, the UK’s largest school’s enterprise education competition … again!
The National Enterprise Challenge is part of the Inspirational Learning Group, whose aim is to provide innovative and enterprising off-timetable events for schools, colleges and universities; engaging, inspiring and motivating students to be the best they can be. The National Enterprise Challenge started as a coffee shop conversation and is now the UK’s largest Enterprise competition for secondary schools, having worked with over 450 schools and 250,000 students since its inception in 2012.
The KS4 partner for 2020 is sports-nutrition brand Grenade, challenging students to design a brand new flavour for their ‘Carb Killa’ range of protein bars, which will then be taken to market with retailers across the UK!
Ryedale School competed against over 200 schools in this year’s challenge and students are brimming with anticipation and excitement as they join students from 160 schools at the finals which take place on Monday 6th July 2020 in Birmingham. On the finals day schools will come together to compete against each other, each pitching the ideas they’ve worked hard to create.
Challenge Ambassador, Theo Paphitis, entrepreneur, retail magnate and well known for his appearances on nine seasons of Dragon’s Den, said,
Some of the best pitches I’ve seen on The National Enterprise Challenge over the years have been even better than the ones I saw in the den!”
As well as promoting the spirit of entrepreneurialism and transferable skills, taking part in The National Enterprise Challenge enables schools to meet some of the Gatsby benchmarks; giving students the opportunity to meet staff from national businesses, as well as developing key skills that are valued in the workplace and will prepare them for life in modern Britain, which is a key focus of the government’s career strategy.
Miss Wallis from Ryedale School said,
The National Enterprise Challenge has continually been outstanding, and our students have really gained a lot from being involved over the years, we are excited now to be heading down to Birmingham to the finals, where we wish our winning students every success, as they pitch their ideas to Grenade”.