Monthly Archives: June 2013

Weekly Theme 12 – How to Get Started!

We know that many of you are keen to get started with the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge, so this week we are going to tell you what to do next, and how to get started!

Competition Guides

The best way to get started is to access the guides available to you in the resources section on our website. These will take you through every stage of the competition, telling you what to do, and helping you do it. To access them, log in using the user name and password that you chose when registering. Once logged in you will see some links on the left of the screen, click the one called ‘Resources’. On this resources page you will find all the guides and educational materials.

There are two guides available depending on whether you are starting a new business or developing an existing one.

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Streamlined Guide 

If you are entering for the very first time, or you have entered before but are starting a brand new enterprise, you will be following the Streamlined Guide. This guide explains everything that you need to know to develop a successful enterprise. It will help you form a business idea, help you to incorporate the challenge into your lessons, get started on social media, write a business plan, launch a business and write a final report. You can access this guide here.

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Business Development Guide

If you have an existing business that you wish to develop during this year’s competition, then please use the Business Development Guide. This guide has been designed to help you write a business development plan. This is similar to the business plan, however it will help you plan how to develop your business, how to increase your profits and how to build your team. This guide is currently being finalised, and will be available online here in the next few weeks.

Competition Timeline

Now that you have registered you can get involved immediately. Whether you are starting a new enterprise or developing an existing enterprise you will all be working to the following timeline:

  1. Stage one – Writing a business plan. There is a detailed guide and examples to help you with this on our website. The business plan must be submitted by the 30th August 2013. 
  2. Stage two – Launching your enterprise. After you have launched your enterprise and run it for a few months you need to write a final report to tell us about it. Again, we have provided a detailed guide to help you through this process. This report must be submitted by the 3rd December 2013.
  3. We will announce all of the prize winners around March 2014.

So, what are you waiting for? Go online, access the guides, form your team, and your business idea and start writing your business plan!

Weekly Theme 11: Filling in Your Online Profile!

Now that you are part of a  global community of 400 schools, it is really important that you complete your online profile on the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge website. Your profile is your way of connecting with other schools and showing the world how well you are doing. This is your chance to get global recognition as a leading entrepreneurial school! To celebrate your achievements, we are going to reward the schools with the best five profiles with a goody bag and certificate. So what are you waiting for? Visit http://www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org and fill in your profile today!

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Why should you fill in your profile?

Your profile is very important, and there are several reasons you should take the time to fill it out:

  1. The School Enterprise Challenge website is a place for all competing schools to get together and share their experiences. Your profile is the best way to tell everyone how well you’re doing.
  2. Your profile is one of the only ways that the School Enterprise Challenge team can keep updated with what you are doing. So make sure that you fill in all the information about your school, your enterprise and your students. Keeping a regular blog is also a good way to keep everyone updated, and you can provide a link to this through your profile.
  3. The five profiles that we judge to be the best will win Teach a Man to Fish goody bags! To be in with a chance of winning make sure that your profile is complete and that there are lots of interesting details!

How do you fill in your profile?

Everyone who has entered the competition will soon be receiving a ‘How To’ guide which will take you step by step through filling in your profile. However, it is quite easy. Just log into the School Enterprise Challenge website, select ‘edit my profile’, and then go through each of the six tabs, filling in the information that is asked for.

You will not have some of the information at the moment, but don’t worry. Some parts of the profile are designed to be filled in as you work through the competition.

Three top tips for filling in your profile!

  1. Include a link to your blog. In the coming weeks we will be providing you with guides to help you start a blog, and advice for blog writing. We suggest that you start a blog as soon as possible to record your progress from the very beginning of the competition. This will be very helpful when completing your final report. Including a link to your blog in your profile will allow other schools and the School Enterprise Challenge team to follow your progress.
  2. Under the section ‘Our Business’, you can explain how your enterprise will help people and help the planet. Filling in this section will allow you to really think about how your social enterprise will benefit the wider community, and will help guide you through the competition.
  3. The partner school section is really important if you would like to find a partner school. We will only start looking to find partner schools after you’ve submitted your business plans, however, if you fill in these details we will be able to help you find the kind of school that you would like to partner with.

If you haven’t registered yet, you still can on our website, and don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter

Weekly Theme 10: Photo Competition! Win a Teach A Man To Fish Goody Bag!

The Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge is all about enterprise and we’d love to know what the word ‘enterprise’ means to you. To make this more interesting, we’d like you to show us what enterprise means to you in a photo. Share your photo on Facebook (or email to us) and the photo that gets the most ‘likes’ will win an awesome ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ goody bag!

How to take part

It is easy to enter this competition, just follow these 4 simple steps:

1 – Have a think about what enterprise means to you. For Example, do you see enterprise as a way to make money? Is being enterprising all about thinking outside the box? Be creative, there is no wrong answer!

2 – Once you have an idea, you need to get creative with a camera. Go out and take a photo showing what enterprise means to you. To help you out, the Teach a Man to Fish team have had a go! See our photos at the end of this blog!

3 – Now you have your photo, we’d like you to share it with us. If you have access to Facebook, please upload the photo to the School Enterprise Challenge page and add a caption describing your photo. If you don’t have access to Facebook, please email your photo and caption to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org and we will put it on Facebook for you.

4 – Once your photo is on Facebook, tell everyone you know to ‘like’ it! The photo with the most ‘likes’ by Friday, 28th of June (GMT: 17:00) will win an awesome Teach A Man To Fish Goody Bag! It’s that simple! So, create and share your photo as soon as possible to increase your chances of winning. Check your photo regularly and encourage all your friends to ‘like’ it on Facebook!

Teach a Man to Fish staff photos

To help you out and give you some ideas, Teach A Man To Fish staff; Sally, Lindsey, Olly and Nik have each thought about what enterprise means to them and have taken some photos.

For Sally enterprise is all about thinking outside the box

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Lindsey sees enterprise as a way of making money.

Photo comp - LindseyInnovation, coming up with creative ideas and products is what Olly thinks of enterprise

Photo Comp - OllyFor Nik enterprise is about seeking out super opportunities!

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Feeling inspired?

Upload your photos to our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/School-Enterprise-Challenge/113240922086772?ref=tn_tnmn

or Email them to us:

info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org

Remember! – What does enterprise mean to you?? The winning photo will be the one with the most Facebook ‘likes’ by Friday, 28th of June (GMT: 17:00).

Good Luck!

Weekly Theme 9: The ‘Inspirational Teacher’ Award

The success of a school’s Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge rests on inspirational teachers putting their time and energy into their school business, and into using their business as a teaching tool. The challenge is intended both to create a sustainable source of additional income for schools, and to be used as a tool by which students can learn about enterprise. The challenge for teachers lies in marrying these two aims, and in fitting the challenge into their school curriculum. So, for those teachers who fully embrace the challenge, strive to make it a success in their schools and use it as a way to teach enterprise to their students, we offer the opportunity to win the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge ‘Inspirational Teacher’ award.

The ‘Inspirational Teacher’ winner receives an internationally recognised award, as well a winners prize of $2,000. Each of the two runners up take home $1,000 each. William Rwemondo To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, teachers need to demonstrate the following inspirational qualities:

A commitment to teaching enterprise and using enterprise to enhance students’ education – For students to be successful in the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge they need teachers who are committed to teaching enterprise in their schools. Our 2012 winner, Alberto Muñoz Najar, went to Los Angeles to research entrepreneurship teaching, and met teachers from a local private school to learn new teaching techniques.

Going the extra mile to ensure that their students get the most out of participating in the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge – Entering your school into the competition isn’t enough to ensure that you are considered for the inspirational teacher award. Teachers must go the extra mile to make sure that their students get everything they can out of the enterprise experience. Alberto did this by arranging visits for his students to some of the largest companies in the city so that they could learn first hand how to run a business.

Commitment to spreading the benefits of the School Enterprise Challenge – As well as making a success of the challenge within their own schools, award winning teachers demonstrate a commitment to spreading the benefits of the challenge across other schools. Mr Jean-Jacques Kangne Tanouo, one of our runners up, went to a local education seminar to share his school’s success story, and tell other schools about the challenge. Our other runner up, Mrs Meera Aggarwal, initiated partnerships with other schools in order to share best practice when it came to the challenge.

‘Inspirational Teacher’ Winners:

The 2012 ‘Inspirational Teacher’ award winner AlbertoAlberto Muñoz Najar inspired and guided his students to make their rococo chili jam business a success. Mr Najar worked tirelessly to make the School Enterprise Challenge a success at his school, resulting in their jam being sold in a large range of bakeries in the city. His dedication to the challenge has been recognised and he has been chosen to give a keynote speech on implementing the School Enterprise Challenge to 60 teachers from across Peru. To read more about him and our two runners up, take a look at their profiles on our website: http://www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org/itp

To be in with a chance of winning you must:

  1. Teach at an educational institution that has participated in the entirety of the competition for the year in which you are applying (i.e. submitted a business plan AND a narrative report)
  2. Ask your Head Teacher to complete an Inspirational Teacher Nomination form for you and submit it by December 31st 2013. These will be available from late November 2013

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