There are probably very few moments in your life when you can say you have been truly moved and modestly proud of something you started, helped organise and played a bit part in its very public final delivery. For me GEC2012 was just one of these events.
As readers of Your Business Ezine will know, 6 months ago I created the UK's first schools challenge concentrating on "entrepreneurship". The contest was designed to complement the Global Entrepreneurship Congress being presented by the US-based Kauffman Foundation, the world's largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship, and Liverpool Vision who both backed the school's challenge. Liverpool's Great Enterprise Challenge was also designed to bring the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC2012) into all Liverpool's communities, create partnerships with businesses, mentors and other schools and raise funds for worthy causes. Plus, show the 123 countries visiting Liverpool for GEC2012 just how inspirational and entrepreneurial our children are. In fact, 65 schools across Liverpool entered the challenge and the final 6 primary schools presented their advertising poster and 60 second video on the eve of GEC2012 to 5 judges. The following day I joined Virgin founder Richard Branson on Liverpool's BT Convention Centre's stage (in front of 3200 delegates and 400 school children) to announce the primary school winner. Taking top prize in the primary category Rice Lane Infant and Nursery pupils impressed judges with their "ReaL Change. In our Liverpool Home" book venture. The judges were hugely impressed by Rice Lane's young entrepreneurs, their presentations, sales, future plans and of course their final product. The series of books shows Liverpool through the eyes of a child and features a host of city landmarks and celebrity endorsements including Kenny Dalglish and Sue Johnston. Printed on recycled paper it is available at city retailers and the school and 25% of profits go to Alder Hey Children's hospital. You can purchase your copy of their guide by contacting the school on 0151 525 9776. Their video (link below) helped the judges make that final decision. In fact, all primary school finalists had to produce a video and their very professional efforts can be viewed using the links below:
Rice Lane Infants & Nursery - Liverpool Through The Eyes of Children
This 1 minute advert was created as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress schools competition "Liverpool's Great Enterprise Challenge". The children of Rice Lane Infant & Nursery were set a task of producing a video that best sums up their business - a visitor guide/information booklet. The fantastic news is that they won the competition and will now be going to Washington DC in September 2012.
Anfield Infants School - Liver Bear and Jamie Carragher
This advert was created for the school's challenge by the children from Anfield Infants School. It aims to promote their products: - Snow globes and Liver Bears. Special thanks to Liverpool FC's Jamie Carragher for appearing in the advert. I have to admit this is my favourite video and I bet you will have a little giggle when you watch it for yourself. Follow 'Liver Bear' on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/littleliverbear
Hunts Cross Primary School - Enviropool
A social enterprise run by pupils of Hunts Cross Primary School in South Liverpool which is dedicated to the collection and re-use of natural materials we see around us. Their business encourages everyone to go out and appreciate the wonderful natural spaces we have in and around Liverpool. All the money made helps support their sensory garden, school and local environment. Follow "Enviropool" on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/enviropool
Sacred Heart Primary School - L7 Food
2 great books in 1 - A recipe book that will teach you how to recreate the tastes of Liverpool and a tourist guide that will open your eyes to the wonderful sights of Liverpool. Sacred Heart won the "GoON Liverpool/Race Online Digital Inclusion Award"
King David Primary School - Scribble & Nibble
King David Primary School is proud to present its latest business venture combining art and healthy snacks! The dizzy paintbrush is trying to eat worldwide landmarks as he doesn't quite understand the concept that you need to scribble before you nibble. Follow "Scribble and Nibble" on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/scribblenibble
Dovedale Junior School - Dovely Stuff
Dovedale Junior School were one of 6 primary schools in the final of Liverpool's Great Enterprise Challenge 2012. Their business uses the school garden to grow fruit and vegetables to sell to pupils, parents and the school kitchen. They will develop their garden and ambitiously want to start their own fruit orchard! All profits are going to their twin-school in Gambia.