The National Enterprise Challenge

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National Enterprise Challenge


What started as a coffee shop conversation is now the UK's biggest schools’ enterprise -competition

The National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC) is the official skills partner for this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. As part of this, TNEC are running a FREE enterprise competition for all UK students aged 11-16 as part of the world’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurship.

The National Enterprise Challenge run the UK’s largest school’s enterprise competition, promoting enterprise and employability skills in secondary schools; fronted by their ambassador and former Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis. Since launching in 2013 TNEC have worked with over 100,000 young people in over 200 schools across the UK. Their central objective is clear, to give young people the opportunity to harness their employability skills, and to inspire them to truly believe that they can achieve their highest aspirations, especially in relation to enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Every school that takes part has a winning team that goes to the finals event, where they enjoy an exciting day mixing with entrepreneurs and celebrities. Here they have the chance to pitch their business ideas again and be crowned national winners. TNEC helps to develop the enterprise and employability skills of all the young people who take part, whilst also promoting teamwork, communication, leadership, creativity and presentation.
As part of the partnership The National Enterprise Challenge will be running one of their most creative tasks to date. Open to all UK students aged 11-15, the challenge will be released at 8:00 AM on Monday 14th November. Students will then have until Friday 18th at 5:00 PM to send in their entries to the TNEC team.  After the submission deadline we will announce five shortlisted groups, these will be invited to attend our Ryman National Enterprise Challenge finals event (summer 2017). At the finals we will announce the winners of the Global Entrepreneurship Week challenge.
Schools are not limited to the amount of teams they are able to enter. We only ask that students entering get permission from the school or a legal guardian and that a teacher fills in their details on the registration form. Being set by one of the UK's most recognisable companies the challenge will be a real-life apprentice style task encouraging creativity and business skills. The challenge can be completed by student groups in teams of no more than 6, either as an extracurricular activity, as part of a lesson or during their own time.
To Pre-register your interest please send an email and hopefully you’ll be attending The National Enterprise Challenge finals in 2017.


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