December 2010: We Have Our Winners!
During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 young people from Hull pitched their business ideas to former BBC Apprentice star Ruth Badger. Young people from across the city entered the Badgers Sett Enterprise Challenge under four different categories and the winners of the first round pitched their idea for the chance to double their winnings.
The competition had over 1,500 hits on the website www.hullbadgers.co.uk, which resulted in 112 enquiries, 42 entries and 21 projects that were shortlisted to ‘pitch’ to the judges. All the entrants had to present their idea to the first judging panel, made up of people from the public, private and community sectors. There were some fantastic entries, and many of them walked away with vouchers and sponsorship deals.
The finalists were:
Under 11 Team was Longhill Records UK, East Hull
Under 16 Team was Crazy Critters West Hull
16 – 18 Team was Xuro Computers East Hull
19 – 21 Team was Heista Fuels Ltd West Hull
The final judging panel took place on Thursday 18th November and Ruth Badger was joined by Mark Jones, the council’s Head of Economic Development and Regeneration, Neil Hudgell the Chairman of Hull Kingston Rovers, Richard Tuplin from the Institute of Directors, Phil Batty, Managing Director of Force-7 and Sarah Longthorn, Founder of Wedge Welly.
The overall winner was Crazy Critter World led by Bronwyn Wilson and her cousin Ben who overall secured £1,750 investment into their busness idea and the chance to develop a new website with the support of Ruth Badger.
A special merit award went to Longhill Records UK who secured £600 investment into their Xmas CD
Ruth Badger, said:
“I love visiting Hull as it is an enterprising city and I really enjoy sharing my journey with budding young entrepreneurs who really want to make a difference in the business world. I am really pleased that our partnership with the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank has bee such a great success and all those that reached the finals are a credit to the city of Hull.”
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