The Unloc Enterprise Academy team visited Richard Taunton Sixth Form last week to inspire hundreds of students.
The days started bright and early and students were welcomed by an inspiring talk from Unloc CEO, Hayden Taylor. Hayden delivered a quick fire speech covering his entrepreneurial journey and covered what he had learned along the way.
The overall day was focused around a challenge of starting your own social business with limited funding. It all began with students breaking out into workshops covering three essentials areas within business, such as branding, pitching and mission/vision.
The Enterprise Academy Challenge
Once students completed their workshops, it was time to get down to business. Students got into groups and worked on their ideas and even came up with their own brand. Starting a business isn’t easy and students soon found it difficult to plan out all the essential parts that were needed. However, with the Business Model canvas (shown in figure 1) it was a process that became increasingly easier.
After just an hour of working in teams, students were showing impressive signs of progress. There were logo’s being designed with custom branding, business missions created and pitching skills from the workshop were evident.
The Enterprise Academy Pitch
After a couple of hours, students were ready to pitch their ideas in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style environment in front of our panel and their peers. The ideas were creative, innovative and very impressive. The students demonstrated use of the skills they had learned during their workshop sessions and all teams that participated did an amazing job – although there was only one winner on each of the days, many other students were still interested in taking their idea further.
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