10 Dec

  • By Loren Robertson

On Thursday 28th November, Stoke Poges Campus held its annual Enterprise Day.  We were privileged to have 3 distinguished members of the Community to be ‘Dragons’ for our teams. Mr Jeff Silcock, Mr Steve Parsons, and Mr Andy Dunham read through each teams’ business plan and asked tough questions regarding the business idea and investment opportunity.

This year’s theme was for each group to research a non-English speaking country and either solve a problem within that country or export an idea to/from that country. The ideas were certainly unique! They ranged from:
• concealed door frames,
• an unmanned rescue aircraft,
• smartphone applications that would keep drivers safe,
• a clothes radiation decontaminator,
• children’s language DVDs,
• compressed sawdust and cow manure sources of power,
• a portable solar-powered vaccine fridge,
• an insulin alternative.

Everyone worked well within their teams and it was great to see so many teams meeting before the day to plan their product and conduct the necessary research. On the day, the atmosphere in school was buzzing with excitement and our pupils were industrious and diligently trying to get their presentations ready for the Dragons.

When I think back to previous years’ Enterprise Days and themes, I am impressed to see the calibre of ideas and presentations our pupils can now produce. It proves that these types of events are extremely worthwhile. Not only does Enterprise Day enhance the pupils’ business knowledge, but it also augments their team working skills as well as presentation skills.

It was a valuable day and a very big thank you to the Dragons for giving so much of their time to judge our teams; as well as a big thanks to all the staff members for helping with their respective teams and staying later on certain days to help the teams prepare.

Many congratulations to the team Beta Aid for winning the Dragons’ investment!