Wilberforce College was the venue for our latest Masterclass on 19th November during Global Entrepreneurship Week. FEO members volunteered themselves for the day to host sessions on topics such as Marketing, People, Finances and Legalities!
39 Students between the ages of 16-17yrs all studying for their first year BTEC Level 3 Business Studies attended and were introduced to the day and its unique content by FEO Member Sue Altass, before an inspirational talk from Andy Crozier of Insight Photographers. Andy drew on his real life experiences to inspire students to believe that “Anything is possible, Dream Big and Visualise Success. Andy’s presentation certainly got everyone thinking positively and participating from the word go…
So with students buzzing and raring to go, it was now time to start thinking about their business ideas which in teams would be presented to the afternoons FEO judging panel!
Topical sessions led by Martin Lauer, Alan Hemingway, Sue Altass and Tony Dickens took place before lunch to demonstrate through real life examples what students would need to consider when starting a business. Personal stories good and bad about FEO members’ own journeys into business were a critical part of the day.
FEO members Ron Dickinson and Colin Pinks were also on hand throughout the day to facilitate and offer help and guidance which meant that there was always plenty of support and experience on hand.
For the afternoon session, students had time to form teams to further brainstorm their ideas and implement all the morning’s information to meet the necessary requirements for the final presentations which included visual aids, participation from all, business idea, finance and team work.
The day finished with great enthusiasm as the teams of up to 7 students presented one after the other to their peers and the FEO judging panel. There were some fantastic business ideas including transparent toasters, hoodies with in built headphones and multi tasking fashion belts! After each 3 minute pitch, each team member was met with a barrage of challenging questions from the room, each of which were answered well and solutions given.
The final results were tight and the selection for 1st 2nd and 3rd was very difficult for the FEO judging panel. After some time the places were decided and each team was presented with a prize and a certificate but most of all .everyone went away with a smile on their face and a sense of achievement from the day!
Thanks to the staff and students from Wilberforce College for their commitment and positive approach, and to all the FEO members who gave up their day to help Hull’s budding entrepreneurs!