2017 was another incredibly successful year with over 80,000 students from 6,000 schools around the world involved in school businesses! From organic vegetable farming in India to a talent identification and development agency in Zimbabwe, young entrepreneurs have been busy planning and running all kinds of sustainable businesses!
Young people from 110 countries around the globe got the opportunity to take their learning experience out of the classroom and develop key skills for success in life and in work such as communications, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking.
It was absolutely inspirational reading through the thousands of business plans and annual reports received this year. Our global panel of judges have now reviewed them all and we are very pleased to announce the prize winners for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017. You can see the full list below.
[Note: The School Enterprise Challenge team are currently working very hard to get everything ready for the 2018 Awards Programme. Registrations will open very soon – you can register your interest in taking part on our website.]
School Enterprise Challenge 2017 Prize Winners
“Every big business in this world was started by an entrepreneur — and small businesses are the ones creating the jobs, innovating and making life better for everybody.” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.
From the 13th to the 19th of November, the School Enterprise Challenge community proudly celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017. Held each year, it is a celebration of the global network of individuals united by an interest in social entrepreneurship and positive change.
Why do we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week?
The School Enterprise Challenge not only works to develop essential life-skills, but we also aim to make young people realise they are part of something much bigger: a global movement. All over the world, participants of the School Enterprise Challenge are members of a vibrant, international community of entrepreneurs championing new initiatives and bringing their ideas to life.
“Without progress for girls, there can be no real progress.” – Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women.
On Wednesday 11th October 2017 the School Enterprise Challenge community is proud to be celebrating International Day of the Girl Child. In this article, women and girls from our global network of enterprising schools tell us how they have benefited from taking part in the programme.
Students at Bellanoor International Community School, Nigeria, designing their school business’ logo
Students at Krishna Public School, India, designing their school business’ logo
The School Enterprise Challenge team would like to congratulate and thank everyone who participated in this year’s Logo Design Mini-competition! The quality of submissions and enthusiasm shown by students has been astounding and everyone involved should be really proud of their efforts. We received over 150 incredibly varied and fantastic submissions – more than ever before! Picking the winners was not an easy task for our judges but in the end the 12 winners reflect the range of businesses, countries and students that participate in the School Enterprise Challenge.
We hope that participating in the Logo Design Mini-competition has demonstrated the importance and benefit of a logo to any business, no matter sector or location. A logo is an easily recognisable and memorable image that embodies the values and identity of your enterprise. By participating in this mini-competition you will have gained experience in design as well as marketing, and through the public vote seen the value of social media.
Before we announce the winners we would like to give a special mention to these schools who came up with innovative and exciting ways of participating in the mini-competition. Congratulations to Sls Dav Public School and Kiit World School, both in India, who ran their own internal Logo Design Mini-Competitions. You can view their respective submissions by clicking HERE and HERE. Running their own mini-competition was a great way to ensure that all students got to participate! The Gateway School of Mumbai created this fantastic presentation explaining each step they took to design their logo, complete with great photos and a poll! Finally, a huge congratulations to this business team member at the Kamla Nehru Public School for her articulate and thoughtful video explanation of their logo.
Without further ado, the winners of the Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017 are as follows:
The overall winner of the Logo Mini-competition 2017 is from Meridian School in India. This logo oozes class: it is colourful, simple and elegant. The leaf demonstrates the enterprise’s focus on sustainability and the business name is clear. Congratulations!
The School Enterprise Challenge team are delighted to introduce the Blogging Mini-Competition 2017! In this article we’ll explain everything you need to know: from what it’s all about to how you can take part!
Why is blogging a useful skill?
The aim of the School Enterprise Challenge is to bring 21st century skills to young people across the world. Through the Blogging Mini-Competition students will develop the following:
Written communication skills. Throughout the planning and running of their school business students are required to work as a team, giving them the chance to develop their oral communication skills and ability to work as a team. Writing a blog adds a new dimension to this as it encourages them to think about how they communicate externally, in the written form.
So, your production team have been working hard, you’ve planned your first launch event and now you’re ready to start making some sales! Or are you? Follow our checklist and make sure everything is in order!
A checklist example with the things you might need to get ready before launching your school business!
(You can find this in Weekly Guide 10)
Remember, to help you with the implementation phase of the programme you should refer to the Weekly Guides 10-16. To access these, you’ll need to log in to our website with your username (the email address you registered with) and your password by clicking HERE.
Below we’ve picked the 5 most useful tips to help you successfully launch your school business.
We are thrilled to announce that the Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017 is now open!
Designing a logo is an essential part of setting up a successful school business. It acts as the ‘face’ of your enterprise and should appear on your product and advertising displays. It will often be the first thing your customers see and so should really convey your business’ unique identity!
Some of the best entries from 2016
How should your team design their logo?
- Come together as a team and brainstorm ideas (Think about some of your favourite brands or logos: what can you learn from them?)
- Come up with a few ideas and pick your favourite
- Remember to allow all members of the business team to contribute to the design of the logo!
What makes a good logo?
- Unique and distinctive
- Simple and easy to understand
- Conveys information about your business (who you are and what you do)
- Easily recognisable
The Logo Design Mini-Competition has always been hugely popular with School Enterprise Challenge participants and last year over 100 schools sent us their creative and colourful logos. Make sure you click HERE to view the best entries from 2016.
We have already had some exciting entries so do not wait around, get designing your logo and enter the Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017!
To take part simply send us your students’ logo in .JPEG or .PNG format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org – remember to include a brief description of what the logo means and how you designed it in the body of the email.
All logos will be featured on our Facebook page and the winners will receive a certificate to celebrate their success! You can review all the logos we have received so far by clicking HERE.
The mini-competition will be open until Thursday 31st of August. So what are you waiting for?! Get designing and send us your school business’ logo!