Students from South Thames College create their own businesses!
This was the start of a real journey for many of the 70 students who participated in this three-day programme, as an assignment on their vocational courses.
From Beauty Therapy to Art and Media, from Performing Arts to Music Technology, the ideas flowed creatively – and the students experienced activities which helped them develop not just the ideas but also their personal and enterprise skills. The winning seven businesses were invited to develop their plans ready to bid to a panel of leading entrepreneurs for real investment money a month later.
Seventy students on vocational courses in the Creative Industries participated in a three-day EiA programme on Employability and Entrepreneurship at South Thames College at the end of January 2009. This was an assignment as part of their core learning.
They created 20 businesses ranging in size from sole traders to one large business of 15, around real business ideas emerging from their courses. They spent three intensive days working with EiA coaches on personal and business skills, and exploring role models.
Motivational key-note speeches from Phil Walker, the Chief Operating Officer from CapGemini and Derek Browne, EiA's CEO inspired them to new heights.
On the Friday students participated in an exciting Trade Fair to ‘sell’ their goods and services to both staff from the college and Industry panel members who actively support the courses at South Thames.
Also ‘buying’ and seeing what amazing results could be achieved were Miles Templeman, Director General of the Institute of Directors, and Peter Lambert, Deputy Chief Executive of Business in the Community.
The winning seven businesses were invited to develop their plans ready to bid to a panel of leading entrepreneurs for real investment money a month later:
Sand Set - Selling relaxation Pods to businesses and individuals
Urban Home Spa – beauty treatment with child care
Oi! – an events management company
Passion 4 Music - Giving artists the chance to showcase their music on line and live
Plug N Play - Web based production company
Aspire Media Limited – An animation company.
Change Anonymous - Education through performance
Following the event one of the teachers commented:
"Absolutely incredible! I have never seen such motivated enthusiastic and inspired students. You have given them drive and made success a real prospect. I can't recommend it enough! I was blown away by how committed they were to the project. They all worked really hard, attended every day (and on time!), putting in lots of extra hours in their own time to make their pitch a success. They showed me what they're capable of when inspired. I am now going to raise my expectations and keep pushing them at this new higher level."