Young Entrepreneurs 2012

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The Evening Post has teamed up with Preston College, to find the entrepreneurs of the future! And we have an £500 up for grabs for the winning school!

We are asking students of local secondary schools to show us their potential business acumen and entrepreneurial talent by putting together an enterprise initiative.

The initiative should illustrate their ability to offer a real service or product, market and promote it, and develop it into a potentially profit making venture.

The best efforts will be invited to pitch their idea, in a Dragons’ Den scenario, to our panel of judges. The winning team will pick up a fantastic £500 for their school, plus trophies and gift vouchers for themselves.

Students can choose from a variety of formats for their entries – a PowerPoint presentation, a short video, or simply a letter. Your entry should illustrate your enterprise skills including creative thinking, communication skills, and ability to work as part of a team and setting achievable goals.

Schools wishing to take part should first of all, call us on 01772 838 180 to register (free of charge) or download a registration form from here. Entries should then be submitted via email to or by post to:

Young Entrepreneurs of the Year,

LEP, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9ZA

to reach us Friday November 9. The best ones will be invited to present their initiative to our panel of judges at Preston College on Wednesday November 14, to decide which school will win the prize! Schools’ teams should comprise no more than six students aged between 11 and 16 years of age. Standard competition rules apply.

A word from our Sponsor.

At Preston College we do things differently, we have built Our College and Our Community to ensure that Your Choice is the right choice... a choice that gives you the best possible chance of building the life you want through a career you enjoy. As an Enterprising College, we don’t think in terms of just lessons, courses and qualifications but about what they mean for jobs, careers and futures. We treat you as an adult and build your learning programme to give you the very best chance of success in your future career.

Whether you want to be a high flyer, start your own business, or just make a difference, we’re here to help

you make it happen. We believe that going to college is not just about getting the qualifications you need. It’s about getting the job you want. That’s the reason we’re building more and more of our courses around the needs of real companies you want to work for. It’s the reason we’re encouraging student-run businesses on campus and why we’re becoming the College of choice for local businesses when it comes to vocational training.

This is an exciting time in your education, but is also an important first step on the road to your future. You may be looking to learn basic skills, take A-Levels, gain vocational qualifications or study at degree level. Regardless of where you are now and where you want to be, we believe we can help you realise your potential—to build the life you want through a career you enjoy.

What are you waiting for?

Let’s make it happen.