On Thursday 26 April the first of the two joint Sydenham High School and Dulwich College Young Enterprise teams took part in the Company of the Year Central London Finals at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, London Bridge. Having already progressed through the first round of the competition before Easter, team Elastalid, designers of silicone lids which stretch to fit most container sizes, were competing against six other Central London companies for one spot in the London Final in June. The team were judged and scrutinised on every area of the business, from their Trade Stand to their company report. With competition fierce, the team secured two awards on the night for Best Company Report and Most Creative Product.
A week later, the second Sydenham High/ Dulwich College team Recyclabag took part in the East London Finals at Citigroup, Canary Wharf. The team really had to raise their game at this level, and they did so remarkably, delivering an excellent presentation and standing up to the scrutiny of the judges in the interviews. Recyclabag took home the prestigious Citi Environmental Award for their hand-made washbags made from 100% recycled materials.
- Mrs Woodcock, Headmistress, Sydenham High SchoolIn an ever-changing world, entrepreneurship, innovation and resilience are key aspects for young people to develop and I am delighted to see our teams recognised for their hard work and ingenuity.
- Jamie, year 12, Sydenham High SchoolBeing part of Young Enterprise allowed me to work with new people and start our own successful company: Elastalid. It has been a challenging yet extremely fun and rewarding experience. One of my proudest moments was when our team won the Disney Design award and also Best Report. Young Enterprise has helped me to develop my confidence, through selling our product to the public and pitching at competition events to professional business owners. To anyone interested in taking part in this project in the future, I strongly recommend it!"
Every member of these two teams has worked extremely hard this year, and, despite not progressing to the finals, we are incredibly proud of how far they have come since September. They have certainly demonstrated excellent entrepreneurial spirit!
Both teams will continue to trade until July and would be keen to hear from you if you are interested in buying one of their products. See their twitter accounts for more information: