University hosts Young Enterprise regional final

Presenter Andrew Hai at the Young Enterprise Awards

The University was delighted to host the West London final of this year’s Young Enterprise (YE) competition, on Tuesday.

UWL’s long association with the contest which promotes entrepreneurial spirit and confidence in teenagers is founded upon a shared belief in the power of skills to empower young people and help dreams come true.

Presented by YE’s Andrew Hai at the University’s campus in Ealing, teams from seven schools took part in the regional final. 

Pupils pitched a product which they have devised, manufactured, marketed and sold to customers, to a panel of five judges featuring Sara Raybould, UWL’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience).

Supporting their local schools at the event were the Mayors of Harrow, Hillingdon and Brent boroughs.

Team Prism from JFS – a Jewish school in Brent – was announced as the winner, for their range of superhero comic characters based upon marginalised social groups. Team members said they hope the inclusive characters can combat racism, sexism and ignorance and promote social unity.

Sara Raybould said: ‘It was an incredibly difficult task to pick a winner from the outstanding entries by the teams, who all did so well. These talented young people have only just scratched the surface of their brilliant potential.

‘The University is the ideal place for this competition because careers are at our heart, so we are very proud to host this event and to have been part of Young Enterprise in west London since 2010.’

Winning team Prism from JFS with Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan, Mayor of Brent (centre), and Sara Raybould, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience)

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, said: 'Congratulations to all eight student teams. Reaching the West London final represents an inspirational journey with many months of hard work, teamwork, creativity and resilience.

'The experience and skills students from every team will have developed will stay with them for many years to come and we are greatly encouraged by our research which shows that 94% of Company Programme alumni go on to education, employment or training - 6% higher than the national average.'

Prism advance to the London final which takes place at Canary Wharf in east London, in June. The European grand final is held in Belgrade, Serbia, in July.

Find out more about Young Enterprise. Check out the University on Twitter: @UniWestLondon