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Aldridge academies get stuck into entrepreneurial challenge

Aldridge Foundation schools team up with businesses for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 20, 2015 | Events

Students from seven schools sponsored by the Aldridge Foundation took part in this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s ‘largest celebration of the innovators and job creators’. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a worldwide campaign which takes place annually, this year running between Monday 16th and Sunday 22nd November. The campaign is designed to help people explore their potential as self-starters and innovators, through local, national and global activities.

The Aldridge Foundation is an educational charity established by entrepreneur Sir Rod Aldridge OBE, the founder of Capita plc, in 2006. Set up to help young people to reach their potential and improve their communities through education, it currently sponsors ten academy schools, colleges and UTCs in England, with a new school dedicated to Entrepreneurship currently under development. 

Each Global Entrepreneurship Week Aldridge students are set an entrepreneurial challenge in keeping with the official theme. This year’s theme is ‘Make it happen!’ and students from all year groups will work to meet business briefs set by companies including American Express and Streets UK.

Students will be working on their ideas throughout GEW and presenting them at the end of the week to their school panel, to include senior members of staff and guest judges. Each school will then submit one entry per challenge and together the businesses involved will select the winning team from the students’ work across the country, with the overall winners announced on 9th December.

Chief Executive of the Aldridge Foundation, Honor Wilson-Fletcher, said: “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a key part of the Aldridge school year and our academies put a lot into it. We look forward to our students getting together and putting the skills they have been developing all year into action. Entrepreneurial skills are obviously vital to businesses, and to the national economy - but they have a big impact on learning and achieving goals in all areas of our lives – so we encourage even our youngest students that they can benefit from an entrepreneurial mindset.’’

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