Pupils take third place in national enterprise award

A team of young entrepreneurs from our school placed third in the national final of the 2019 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.

The team of Year 8 pupils, who were the London region champions, pitted their wits against four other regional finalists from across the country in the national final.

The grand final took place on Thursday, 2 May, at the City of London offices of international law firm Hogan Lovells LLP, where the pupils pitched an idea for a new business to an expert panel of judges from industry and enterprise, in front of an audience of 150 business leaders.

Their hard work won a prize of £1,000 for the Bath Road school and the girls received goodie bags and certificates.

The Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is an annual, national competition for students aged 11-16. It is designed to increase young people’s long-term employability, knowledge and understanding of business concepts and how best to apply them. Interaction with specialist volunteer mentors from the business community, who pass on their knowledge and skills, helps students to build their confidence, aspirations, employability and self-efficacy.

The Eden Girls’ School team, Team LAZANIA, had worked with mentors from Centrica PLC on their business idea of providing a service to overcome the issue of low employability amongst refugees and asylum seekers, by providing a Sunday school to teach them about British culture, the English language and general life skills. They prepared for the grand final by spending spent the first week of their Easter holidays in school with the mentors perfecting their business pitch.

Team LAZANIA member Ameena Rahman said:

“We were very excited to be competing in the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge national finals and representing Eden Girls’ School, Slough and Star Academies. We worked very hard preparing for the final pitch and we feel proud of our performance on the day against some strong competition from the other teams. Thank you so much to our mentors who have been supporting us tremendously throughout the process as we have learnt so much about the world of business from them.”

Karim Murcia, Principal of Eden Girls’ School, Slough, said:

“The pupils have been worked tremendously hard and we are extremely proud of them for coming third. It is a great achievement and the students developed a strong business acumen through this process, so are well on their way to becoming the entrepreneurs of the future.”

Eden Girls’ School, Slough is part of leading multi-academy trust Star Academies, which has previously had success in the Mosaic competition. In 2016 and 2018, teams from Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest won the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge National Finals.

Initially, students competed for six weeks in a realistic, online business simulation game where they had to develop and sell a new product – demonstrating how key business issues such as finance, sales, marketing and production affect each other. Each team also submitted an Ethical Business Strategy to demonstrate their understanding of responsible business practices.

To reach the final, the team from the Slough school triumphed against teams from other London schools in the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge London regional final in March.

Team LAZANIA came third in the national Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

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