Throughout their time at University College School in Hampstead pupils are given numerous opportunities to develop and test their entrepreneurial skills both in and out of the classroom.
The Young Enterprise scheme is a popular national scheme and, following an internal competition which ran during the autumn term, two teams of Sixth Form pupils were selected to represent UCS at the London Finals of the scheme which were held last month. The two teams had spent the previous six months launching and developing two businesses: UniforMe, a platform used for the sale of second-hand school uniform; and Balanced, a task management app. Both companies made excellent use of the guidance given throughout and learnt a number of new skills including a coding language which was new to them. In February the teams spent a day in Spitalfields market networking with potential customers and pitching their ideas to a panel of judges including Apprentice star Dean Ahmed.
60 schools across London are involved in the Young Enterprise scheme and, due to lockdown restrictions, their teams were invited to compete remotely in the finals. UniforMe were particularly impressive and scooped the prize for Best Customer Service after a particularly strong video presentation. Damian Armitage, Careers Coordinator at UCS, commented, “I was delighted by the teamwork displayed by both teams throughout the competition. They worked extremely hard and it was rewarding to see them implement their ideas so well. UniforMe stood out in the competition as they had considered the experience of each customer so carefully. They had responded well to feedback throughout the process which improved the viability of the product and continued to develop the service on an ongoing basis.”
This year’s Young Enterprise scheme has now concluded but another group of young entrepreneurs from UCS are already looking forward to taking part in the scheme in the next school year.