Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017

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!

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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.

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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 info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org.uk – 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!

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Global Money Week 2017: A few words from the School Enterprise Challenge Team

All this week we will be celebrating Global Money Week, a movement aimed at inspiring children and youth to learn about money, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur.

Many of these values are core to the School Enterprise Challenge, as some of our staff explain…

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Throughout the week we’ll be celebrating Global Money Week by highlighting how the School Enterprise Challenge is helping young people the world over become more financially aware.

Make sure to like our Facebook page to be part of the party! 

http://www.facebook.com/schoolenterprisechallenge/

 

You can also register for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017 directly on our website! 

http://www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org

 

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Registration for the School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN!

We are absolutely delighted to inform you that registration for the School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN!

In 2016, an incredible 49,491 young people and 3,384 teachers and staff directly benefited from participation in the challenge. A fantastic variety of school businesses were planned and set up, ranging from a banking cooperative in Peru to eco-friendly handicrafts in India.

The question is: Can YOUR school rise to the School Enterprise Challenge?

To register for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017, simply head to our website and hit REGISTER NOW!

www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org

Need inspiration? You can read about last year’s biggest success stories here: http://www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org/inspiration/get-inspired/school-success-stories/

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The Students at Colegios Peruanos Innova Schools Arequipa 1 in Peru set up an innovative banking cooperative.

 

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The Choithram School business team planned and set up a successful handicrafts business, generating USD $835 profit in just 4 months! 

 

 

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SUSTAINABILITY: School businesses that keep on growing

Now that the Final Report deadline for the School Enterprise Challenge 2016 has passed, we look at how schools can keep their businesses going into the new year. We spoke with William Lyonga of Bishop Rogan College in Cameroon, winner of our Inspirational Teacher Award in 2014 and current member of our Teacher Advisory Panel.

What steps have you taken to ensure that the school business continues to operate beyond the Final Report deadline?

The business team has planned to continue business activities as normal.  In our situation of a Gardening Business, here in Cameroon, we have two farming seasons, one at the start of the academic year and the other at the fourth quarter of the academic year.  The second period is still to come and members have agreed to plant more crops during the second farming season.  Farm products are needed all throughout the year.

If it comes to other types of businesses which might not deal with perishable goods, a school may choose to produce and then market later. Say for example during low production season or prepare for next season when these products might be on demand.

How does the school business keep progressing beyond the final report deadline?

I hope school businesses are not just School Enterprise Challenge oriented businesses, where the focus is competition and nothing more.  I believe that schools and business teams are motivated with the results they obtain during the competition, which therefore means they should remain active after the competition. We should keep our businesses going!!!

What challenges do you expect to face in the coming weeks?

Lack of competitive spirit among the school business team.  Some students would think that the competition is over and therefore see no need to worry much about the business.  We needed to have prepared the minds of the students that the business will continue after the competition.

How do you keep SEC students motivated now that the competition itself has come to an end?

If they did well during the competition period, then they need to reap the fruits of their labour.  Proceeds from the competition period could be used to motivate members and encourage them to continue, especially when the academic year has not ended.  For example, in Cameroon the school year is not midway gone.  The rest of the months could be used to generate income to accomplish their goals. Some schools are aspiring to win good prizes; this too may keep the spirit of the business team alive.

What pieces of advice would you like to share with other teachers regarding this time of year?

Business should continue as usual during this period.  I hope that some business teams have prepared a post-competition plan. If not, it would be good if teachers do this with their team because the students need to be prepared psychologically that they have to continue with the business, even after the competition.  This period could be used to mentor or train new students who have expressed interest to join the business team for next academic year.


This interview was part of our Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 celebrations in which we try to inspire students and teachers to create the best school businesses they possibly can. What did you think of William’s advice? Do you have any thoughts that you would like to share with the School Enterprise Challenge Community? Please comment in the section below!

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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Inspiration From a School Enterprise Challenge Graduate

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Mbulelo Mandindi (19 years old) graduated from Hillcrest High School in South Africa in 2014. A School Enterprise Challenge participant during his time there he acted as a team leader in their business, King Circle Events. With the programme having had a huge impact on him, he remained involved in its running through 2015, further highlighting his huge level of commitment. He is now in the process of setting up his very own social enterprise alongside his studies in Transport Management at Johannesburg University.

Tell us a little bit about your business

“My company is called Future Bryt. It’s a socially innovative company that focuses on children’s fitness. We aim to provide a solution for an increasingly alarming social problem – a dangerously low level of activity amongst children born between 2004 and 2008, who are considered to be the most inactive generation of children in history.”

Did taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge help you set up your business?

“Yes, the School Enterprise Challenge definitely helped me set up my own business. In fact, it almost completely reshaped my perception of business. It introduced me to the prospect of businesses having a much greater role to play in society.”

What specific business skills did you gain from the School Enterprise Challenge which helped you set up your business now?

“As leader of the school business I came to appreciate how valuable a good organisational structure is and that is something I still focus on now.”

What do you plan on doing with your earnings?

“I plan on spending at least 70% of my earnings to grow and further develop the business, 20% to make a difference and 10% for myself. I will do this mainly by focusing immensely on disabled children in South Africa; there aren’t enough measures in place to ensure that they have the same amount of opportunities at their disposal as children without disabilities, especially if they come from underprivileged backgrounds.”

Did your experience working on the school business help you get into university?

“It enhanced my cognitive abilities to a certain extent, and it also helped enhance my interpersonal skills. I found myself being able to articulate my thoughts much more clearly.”

What advice would you give to young aspiring entrepreneurs?

“I’d simply tell them to use their hunger and their desire for more – to hunt down their dreams. However, they must understand that not only hard work but also rejections are part of the journey. Obstacles are many but in the end, it’s all worth it. In the end, they’ll find themselves looking towards hunting down the next dream, well equipped with the lessons you learnt when hunting down the previous dream.”


This interview was part of our case studies series in which we try to capture the spirit of the School Enterprise Challenge. Our aim is to use these stories to inspire future generations of entrepreneurs.

How did you find Mbulelo Mandindi’s story? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Do you know a School Enterprise Challenge participant who could inspire others across the globe? Please get in touch with us by email at info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org.uk and their story could make it onto our blog!

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Logo Mini-Competition 2016 winners

We would like to start saying a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated in the 2016 School Enterprise Challenge Logo Mini-Competition! We had an incredible amount of submissions this year, with over 100 schools sending in wonderful logos. We really enjoyed looking at every single one and picking a winner was very difficult process for us because we really liked them all!

For this reason, as well as an overall winner, we have also picked two runners-up and a further 7 logos which we think stood out from the rest. We wanted to recognise as many logos as possible. Please comment in the section at the bottom of this page to show your appreciation for these great logos!
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The Winner of the 2016 Logo Mini-Competition comes from Mount Abu Public School in India. This stylish and colourful design does a fantastic job of advertising their school business, Herbs & Cure. We think it has everything a good logo should: Bright colours, simple but elegant design and includes the name of the business. Congratulations to the Mount Abu SEC students for their brilliant logo!

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Runner up #1: Just looking at this logo made us thirsty! In one image these students have perfectly summed up their school business. We like it because we have no doubt that this design will attract customers, which is exactly what a good logo should do!

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Runner up #2: Bharathi Vindhyaa Kendhra. The school business is called Nutrigiene, which is a combination of ‘nutrition’ and ‘hygiene’. This logo, along with the company motto – nutrition, health, wellness – makes a very strong brand in our opinion.

There you have our overall winner and two close runners up. We have also picked 7 logos which deserve recognition for the following categories: most unique, most innovative, stand-out design, most creative, best slogan, most impactful and most artistic.

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Most Unique – Maharaja Agarsain Public School

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Most Innovative – Bright Start Fellowship International School

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Stand-Out Design – ASN Senior Secondary School

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Most Creative – Mira Model School

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Best Slogan – Springwood School Neemuch

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Most Impactful – The Heritage School Kolkata

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Most Artistic – School of Tourism

Again, we would like to say a big ‘congratulations’ to everyone who participated in the 2016 Logo Mini-Competition. As we said, we received an enormous amount of submissions and picking a winner was incredibly difficult so please do not be disappointed if you were not selected. We hope you enjoyed the process of designing the logo for your school business and learned a useful skill!

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Putting Theory Into Practice: Launching Your School Business

Coming up with a Business Idea and creating a Business Plan is fun, challenging and educational all at the same time. However, the true value in the School Enterprise Challenge lies in setting up a real School Enterprise that is run by students and generates income for the school.

With our Sunday 30th October 2016 deadline for Final Reports approaching we have put together a list of our top 4 tips to help you put theory into practice and successfully launch your school business.

Play to your students’ strengths

How you manage your school business team will play a crucial role in launching your business. Assigning clear roles to all of your students, based on their strengths and interest, will empower them to really take ownership of the business and ensure it runs smoothly.

Students are known to be more focused and perform their duties better when they are clear about what these are. We recommend you think about what skills each team member already has as well as the skills they would like to develop and distribute roles accordingly. Once the business is successfully up and running you can rotate teams, giving students new responsibilities, as a way of increasing their learning experience while keeping things new and interesting for them.

Make sure you watch our YouTube video for more detailed information on how to effectively manage your school business team.

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Watch our handy Youtube Video to learn more about how to manage your school business team.

Hold a launch event

Holding a launch event is a great way to raise awareness and create excitement surrounding your product or service.

Although it can require quite a lot of planning, the long-term benefits of having a launch event are undeniable. Not only will you be able to advertise your business and make those initial sales to get you going, you will also get the opportunity to meet your customers and get to know them personally. You can take this chance to get feedback on your business to better tailor it to the needs of your consumers, which will hopefully lead to more profit in the future!

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Learning Paths School in India recently held a fantastic launch event for their business, Paper Bank, where they sold their notepads made from recycled paper.

Be motivated

Student motivation and the success of your school business are directly linked… Fact. Teachers always tell us that motivated students are more enthusiastic, more cooperative and contribute more than their less motivated peers. So, how can you keep your teams motivated? Well, the truth is there isn’t a single correct answer. Different students react to different kinds of motivation. Below are some of our favourite motivation methods we have seen SEC teachers use in recent years:

  • Use praise: Praising students, either in a one-on-one conversation or mentioning them during an all-school assembly is a great way to let them know that they are doing a great job. It will make them feel proud and make them hungry for more success.
  • Use rewards: Rewarding students with small items such as certificates or stickers is another great way to keep them motivated. Star Performer and Salesperson of the Week are just two types of reward certificates you could hand out… Be creative!
  • Appoint champions: Motivation is contagious so assigning your most enthusiastic students as chief motivators could have a fantastic effect on the morale of their peers.

Of course, there are many more things you can do. We encourage you to be as creative as possible. Remember that if the teacher is motivated, the students are more likely to be motivated, so make sure you set a good example by being enthusiastic throughout!

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High Spirits – students at the Managha Primary School in Tanzania showing high levels of motivation at the launch of their new school business, Mavepro.

Don’t let a lack of capital hold you back

Schools often tell us they can’t launch their business because they don’t have the necessary funds to start. We want to remind you that the beauty of the School Enterprise Challenge is that it teaches students to do the best they can with what they already have at their disposal. In the past, schools have used a wide range of methods ranging from starting micro-versions of their business to selling shares in exchange for investment in order to raise the money they needed. You can read all about them in our handy guide, Raising Your Startup Capital.

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Indeco Community School in Zambia set up a micro-business, selling bags made from recycled materials to tourists, to fund their school uniform business.


Well there you have it, our top 4 tips on a successful launch. Do you have any advice you would like to share with us?

How do you split your students into teams? Have you had a successful launch event? Have you got a great way of motivating your students? Did you launch a business without any starting capital?

We want to hear your story! We’d love to hear any interesting tips that you have so please share them with us and the rest of the School Enterprise Challenge Community in the comments section below.

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