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Asha Hassan: winning the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

Students from Slough and Eton School have won the fourth annual Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge. Their team, 'Silver Tie', pitched an innovative business idea to an exciting panel of experts.

Student Asha Hassan, from the Silver Tie team tells us about the winning day:

In the final part of the competition, we had to present a pitch for a business idea to a panel of judges. We won the competition for our pitch about a school app which would keep parents up-to-date with school events, newsletters and term times and provide a forum to post comments.

The winning day consisted of us riding around London in Bentleys, meeting Danny Alexander the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, going to Clarence House where we saw the most beautiful harp, paintings and chandeliers that I have ever seen in my life. We had a three course five star meal at the Cinnamon Club. The day was extraordinary and we were made to feel like celebrities, we were even given Samsung Chromebooks.

My favourite part of the day was hearing stories from people about their jobs and life experiences. The stories ranged from how people made and in some cases lost their first millions to how beneficial being a photographer really can be.

We cannot believe how lucky we are to have been given this opportunity and are so proud to have won the competition. It truly was an inspiring day and we want to thank Mosaic for giving us this amazing experience. We hope Mosaic will continue to give school children the same awe-inspiring time that we had to recognise enterprise.

Mosaic was founded by the Prince of Wales in 2007 as a mentoring programme creating opportunities for young people growing up in our most deprived communities.  It was run by Business in the Community until July 2016, when it became part of the Prince's Trust.