Weekly Theme 8: The ‘Enterprising Student’ Award

We believe in rewarding those students who go the extra mile to make their school-based enterprise a success. So, if you think you are the next Richard Branson, Indra Nooyi, Donald Trump or Madame Walker then the Enterprising Student Award is for you.

The Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge rewards the most enterprising students with an internationally recognised award, as well as laptops and cameras.

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To be in with a chance of scooping these great prizes, students need to demonstrate the following entrepreneurial qualities:

Commitment and Perseverance – Students must be committed to their school’s enterprise and show dedication in making it a success. Our winner this year, Lovelesh Garg, used his spare time to visit a candle making factory to learn the techniques of candle making to take back to his school’s enterprise and make it successful.

Adaptability and problem-solving ability – All enterprises run into problems and students must show innovation in solving these problems and adapting their enterprise. One of our runners up, Diana Clavery, showed quick thinking when the water source for their seedling enterprise had unexpectedly run out. It was only through her problem solving that they managed to acquire more water to save the seedlings.

Leadership – Leadership is one of the key qualities of an entrepreneur. Our other runner up, Uday Choudhary, led his enterprise from the beginning, starting every day with a plan of action for that day and ensuring that it was all carried out.

Enthusiasm and energy – The most enterprising students have limitless enthusiasm for their enterprise, and endless amounts of energy to devote to it, something shown in abundance by our three prize winners this year.

‘Enterprising Student’ Winners:

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The 2012 ‘Enterprising Student’ Award winner Lovelesh Garg was a key member of the candle making business, Gurukul’s Grandeur, launched in Gurukul School in India. The enterprise manufactured environmentally friendly candles, using neem for mosquito repelling candles and natural herbs and spices to add aroma.

To read more about him and our two runners up, take a look at their profiles on our website: http://www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org/esp

To be in for a chance of winning you must:

  1. Attend an educational institution that has participated in the entirety of the competition for at least one year (i.e. submitted a business plan AND a narrative report).
  2. Ask one of your teachers to complete an Enterprising Student Nomination form for you and submit it by December 31st 2013. The will be available from late November 2013
  3. The winners will be announced in March 2014

You can still register for the School Enterprise Challenge on our website, and don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter

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About schoolenterprisechallenge

The School Enterprise Challenge is an entrepreneurship competition for schools across the world! The challenge is to create profitable, sustainable businesses as a fun way to give kids hands-on business experience, develop their teamwork and leadership skills & generate income at the same time.
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