LSBU welcomes budding entrepreneurs for Young Enterprise AwardsLondon South Bank University (LSBU) this week hosted the Central South London final of the 'Young Enterprise Company of the Year Awards' - the annual celebration of achievements of students and their companies.
Held in the Keyworth Centre, the awards featured seven categories 'Best Report', 'Best Display Stand', 'Best Presentation', three 'Best Company' awards, as well as an award for the 'Best Overall Company'.
For the first stage of the competition, each group had to submit a company report, summarising what the group has achieved over the year. The second stage involved a trade stand for each company, where members were interviewed by the judges and given the chance to demonstrate their product and the highlights of their company's performance.
For the third and final stage, each company gave a five-minute presentation about their company to a panel of independent judges - presenting their results and what they have learned during their Young Enterprise year.
The winners in the 'Best Company' category were:
- St Francis Xaviers College with their company 'Runcible Spoon'
- Emanuel School with their company 'Suited + Booted'
- Putney High School with their company 'Dozen Matter', which was also crowned Best Overall Company'
Local college South Thames College and their company 'Give Gifts' were also honoured with a 'Highly Commended' from the judging panel.
The winners of the 'Best Company' awards will go on to represent their boroughs at the Central London competition on 30 April. The winning companies of this stage will progress to the Regional finals and from there to the UK final - of which the lucky winners will get the chance to represent the UK at the 'European Company of the Year' final in the Summer.
Lynn Grimes, Director of Marketing and UK Student Recruitment at LSBU, who was on the judging panel on the day, said: "It is always a pleasure to welcome Young Enterprise to our campus and it is particularly enjoyable for me taking part in the judging of these exceptional young people.
"It never ceases to amaze me that they can combine such creativity and enterprise with studying and in most cases exams.
All of the participants showed incredible enthusiasm for their companies and their products, and it was difficult to have to pick three winners from the eleven who had entered."
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