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Short Half 2017

Winchester College

Young Enterprise


Young Enterprise
 Young Enterprise
 Young Enterprise

Boys in V1 Book 2 have the opportunity to incorporate as a genuine company and trade as a branch of Young Enterprise (YE). Companies comprise around ten boys, each assigned a directorship and tasked with selling shares to raise capital. They meet at least once a week in the presence of an experienced entrepreneur who acts as their mentor. The YE Company Programme dictates that companies have a one year cycle from incorporation to liquidation with opportunities to pitch alongside companies from other schools in regional and national competitions.

Thanks to YE's comprehensive corporate insurance policy, there are very few restrictions on business activities with which YE companies can engage. Technology transfer and commercialisation of Intellectual Property should be a feasible progression for research and development projects undertaken by members of IDEAS Soc and Design Technology pupils in Mill.

Events and competitions are organised in association with the OW Entrepreneurs Guild and through collaboration with the School of Management at Southampton University. In November 2013, OW Paul Cheng, (D, 1986 - 1991) social entrepreneur and founder of Shared Impact, donated a generous prize fund for the inaugural Winchester College Business Plan Competition. Dragons Den events are also a regular feature of the scheme, enabling the boys to develop their persuasive presentation skills and sharpness under interrogation.

Guest speakers have included Dr Loraine Warren, expert in innovation and entrepreneurship. Boys have also attended Digital Economy lunches at Southampton University, meeting young entrepreneurs who have successful obtained crowd funding through web based organisations like Kickstarter to commercialise innovative engineering and technology projects.