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Middlesex University hosts business competition for Year 8 pupils as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

Enfield County students with their winning certificates Enfield County students with their winner's certificates

Young entrepreneurs from schools across north London showed off their business skills in the Junior Entrepreneur of the Year competition at Middlesex University on 17 November.

Run during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the annual event to discover the best young entrepreneurs from the region is part of the University’s wider campaign to inspire and encourage local students into business.

Teams of Year 8 pupils from ten schools spent the day performing market research, designing proposals and presenting business plans to leading business professionals and academics.

Under the guidance of Dr Simon Best , who runs Middlesex University's Enterprise Development Hub, students were tasked with designing a new board game.

“It is predicted that the jobs today’s 12-year-olds will have in 2026 have not been created because we don’t know what problems they will face,” said Dr Best, who is also Programme Leader for the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship  degree.

“Events like Junior Entrepreneur of the Year give students an opportunity to develop the creative and innovative behaviours they will need in the future.”

Guided and supported by academics from Middlesex’s Business School, students were shown the basics of running a business including how a business operates, business plans, promotion and advertising, and finance.

After a tense competition, the team from Enfield County  school were crowned Junior Entrepreneurs of the Year.

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Schools that took part:

The Totteridge Academy
Chadwell Academy
Park View
Enfield Grammar
Woodside High School
The Compton School
Enfield County
St. Thomas More Catholic School
Southgate School
St. Mary’s,
Greig City
St. John’s School

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