Many readers of these articles will be well aware of Liverpool's Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2012. Its THE major global entrepreneur's summit and is taking place right here in Liverpool. From 9th to 16th March 2012 as many as 5000 delegates will attend over 50 events getting advice, giving advice, networking, inspiring, learning and educating. Events vary from Software City, Women in Business, Your Big Year, LGBT in Business, Environmental, Over 50's, Black and Ethnic Diversity, Academic and I'm proud to say my own project - Liverpool's Great Enterprise Challenge Schools Programme. Don't forget we also have Richard Branson speaking on March 13th. Check out http://www.gec2012.com for further details and ticket information. You can also contact me via Twitter http://www.twitter.com/garymillar.
Liverpool City has 169 schools attended by 62,000 children and I'm pleased to say that 64 of those schools entered the schools programme competition. Back in November 2011 we held the quarter final at Liverpool Football Club where 64 become 22. Then 2 weeks ago the semi-final took place at the HQ of Rathbone Brothers (a professional Liverpool member and one of Liverpool's oldest companies - formed in 1792). Those 22 schools then became 11. The next stage is the final which will take place on Monday 12th March 2012 in Liverpool's fantastic and newly refurbished Brian Epstein Theatre (it used to be the Neptune).
This school's programme is funded by Liverpool City Council and StepClever and is being organised by Liverpool Vision, Gary Millar, Liverpool City Council and partners.
However, in the meantime the remaining 11 schools will receive professional mentoring and help via my initiative called the "Bank of Entrepreneurs". This new scheme brings mentors and schools together. The mentors all give their time free of charge and are now working with the children and young people under strict safeguarding rules and will pass on their professional advice and help via Skype, email, twitter and when appropriate face to face. The mentors already signed up include members from the following very helpful organisations: -
Federation of Small Business (FSB)
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Chartered Institute Professional Development (CIPD)
Social Enterprise Network Merseyside (SEN)
Liverpool School for Social Entrepreneurs
I'm pleased to say that today became the historic start of the mentoring process. Once again Professional Liverpool came up trumps and helped us gain free access to space owned by their member ECF. They gave all 11 schools, their mentors and speakers use of their stunning 6th Floor at No. 4 St Paul's Square in the Commercial District Partnership - it has great views and an amazing reception. What was the response from the children and their teachers? They just thought the whole experience hugely inspiring and were all very appreciative.
As I said above, the final takes place on March 12 at the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre in front of an audience of judges, mentors and all the finalists. They have all been given their tasks and homework. They will receive bonus points for getting into the media, going viral on YouTube and Twitter, signing up Digital Champions via http://www.go-on.co.uk, getting celebrity endorsements and giving evidence that they have linked up with a global audience and global partners. Remember this us an entepreneurial competition where the big prize for one primary school and one secondary school is a trip to Washington DC!
The winning certificates will then be presented on March 13th at Liverpool's Arena and Convention Centre in front of up to 3000 delegates and its hoped that a certain Mr Branson will help with the presentations.
The fantastically entrepreneurial schools in the final of Liverpool's Great Enterprise Challenge include: -
Dovedale Primary School
Hunts Cross Primary School (twitter http://www.twitter.com/@enviropool)
King David Primary School
Rice Lane Infants & Nursery School
Sacred Heart Primary School