Young Entrepreneurs Competition 2016
On 3rd December five finalists in the Small Business Saturday Young Entrepreneurs Competition pitched their business ideas, Dragon’s Den style, to a panel of expert judges. Three winners were announced. The first prize of £500, a trophy, and business mentoring for 12 months went to Thomas Wylam of Princes Risborough School for his idea, CupCycl, based on recycling disposable cups. The second prize went to Amelie Mason of Lord Williams’s School, for her idea, Magical Maths, based on a new maths app, and the third prize went to Philippe van Caloen of Oxford Brookes University for his idea, WeCoach, aimed at helping students apply for their first job.
On winning first prize, Thomas Wylam said, ‘The Young Entrepreneurs Competition gave me the opportunity to take an idea I had and run with it during an exciting event watched by the Thame dragons - who turned out to be more friendly than fierce! With my business idea CupCycl, a scheme to recycle disposable hot drinks cups, I hope to be able to bring something unique to the local area, give consumers greater control over their environmental impact and give local coffee shops and cafes a competitive edge over international chains.’
Read more about the competition and winning entry here.