Pritpal Surj, Prince’s Trust explains how Shoosmiths recently supported a Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.
"On 15 March 2019 Shoosmiths kindly let us host our Annual Mosaic Enterprise Challenge regional Finals, compared by Nina Nannar, Arts Editor at ITV News. On the day, 25 student finalists from five schools pitched their social enterprise ideas to a panel of highly acclaimed judges from a variety of sectors, including, Kathy Murphy – Chair of Judges and Partner at Shoosmiths, Manjeet Rai – Director at Capital Care Group, Michael Henry – Managing Director at Dub Transmissions, Dave Jones –CEO, Premier Paper Group and Naheed Afzal - London RLG member and co-founder of Contracts IT Consulting.
The students were all extremely nervous on the day, having fought off a lot of competition from a huge number of schools in the region. The finalists were competing for a place at the National Finals in London to win a prize of £2,500 for their school plus a further £500 to invest in developing their business idea and making it a commercial reality. Previous winners have also enjoyed tea at 10 Downing Street, a unique tour of Clarence House and a chauffeur driven Rolls- Royce tour of London.
The audience were treated to an inspirational Question and Answer session from Prince’s Trust Entrepreneur and Founder of High Vibe Designs, Sophie Rogers, and BBC Midlands Today journalist, Joan Cummins.
Run annually, Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that aims to inspire knowledge, raise aspirations, confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability among secondary school pupils from some of the most deprived communities across the UK. Supported by specialist, volunteer mentors from across the business community, students compete for six-weeks in an online business game where they must develop, market and sell a new product.
If you would like to know more please contact Pritpal, Prince’s Trust Executive, to find out about all the different roles we offer."