Tuesday 18 June 2013, students of GCSE Business Studies participated in the RBS Building A Business challenge, organised by Douglas Pinder, the Sustainable Development Officer of RBS. Accompanied by 20 interns and post graduates of ImperialCollege, London and LSE, Mr Pinder invited the student teams to
Design a business that creates a product that will make every day life easier”
Each team would present their ideas to the panel of judges and in front of their peer audience.
Interspersed were presentations by the interns of their experiences at RBS, their time at university, how to apply for an apprenticeship or internship within the group, which the students found both interesting and helpful. At lunchtime, a few of the Business Studies A level students came to chat with the interns who gave them tips towards a successful degree and career route.
As the morning progressed, each table of students was mentored by the interns and gained an insight into relating the theory they had studied to practical realism.
Winners of the challenge were team Examination Advice Association with their service X-Aid. This was a business which recognised that students are put under enormous stress during examination revision time, and offered a website packed full of information and resources for exams and revision – including revision materials, advice and a forum for student exchanges. In their pitch, the team explained that revenue would be generated through advertisements on the website and on the app.
Congratulations to team members:
Managing Director: Albert Stoker
Finance Director: Eliot Zrihen
Marketing Director: Michael Sturgess
Sales Director: Georgia Haughey
Sales Director: Lilamadhuri Lobin
Product Design: Milan Tancak
Are these our future entrepreneurs? Only time will tell.