St Bede's school secure enterprise challenge victory

St Bede's Catholic Grammar stole the show as they won the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise on Thursday 1 May.

Well done to the winning team from St Bede’s, they’ve been absolutely brilliant and we’re looking forward to seeing what they do with their start up! The runner’s up came in very close too, and I hope they’ll take part again next year.

- Khawar Mann OBE,
Mosaic chairman

The school's students pitched their ideas in the Dragons Den style competition to an illustrious panel which included Amber Atherton and stars of the BBC's The Apprentice Margaret Mountford, Melody Hossaini and Gabrielle Omar.

The students' startup - Trash4Cash - built upon the idea of collecting recyclable waste and selling it to local companies, wowed the judges and secured them a £2,500 cash prize and £500 of seed funding to launch the company.

Khawar Mann OBE, chairman for Mosaic, said: “Thanks again to everyone who has made the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge a huge success this year, not least of all the hundreds of business mentors that freely give their time to support the young people involved, and our sponsors.”

The runners up were:

  • Ladybridge High School (North West) – the students want to encourage their local community to use allotments to grow vegetables, which could be sold on cheaply.

  • Brondesbury College (London) – the team proposed a mobile app to replace paper-based diaries.

  • Harborne Academy (West Midlands) – the students devised a social media platform to put students and parents in touch with local business for work experience.

  • Gordon’s School (South East) - their idea is revision app, for students to support each other with their coursework and exams via their mobiles.

  • Langley Academy (Wildcard entry, from the south east) - The team earned themselves the competition’s first ever wildcard entry place following a successful pitch of their tutoring business idea, aimed at helping primary pupils to make a successful transition to secondary school.

The Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is a secondary school initiative aimed at inspiring young people living in the most deprived communities about business and entrepreneurship, and helping to raise their aspirations, self- belief and employability. It is sponsored by the Apax Foundation and Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The minister of state for skills and enterprise, Matthew Hancock MP, recently published revised statutory guidance for those providing young people with careers advice in schools, effective from September 2014, to include Mosaic programmes such as the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.

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.