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Posted on May 24th 2016
HBAED Named ROAR Enterprise Challenge Champions for 2nd Year in a Row
On Friday 20th May, 11 students from Year 9 had the opportunity to take part in the final Dragon's Den-style challenge for the ROAR Enterprise project, run by the charity RISE.
Through the ROAR Challenge, UK students harness their ability to foster social change through a partnership with Indian students in West Bengal, enrolled on RISE's Yearn To Learn Literacy programme.
Students create and run social enterprises, with the profits they raise used to raise literacy levels in the students they directly connect with in India.
Back in January, the pupils came along to workshops run by Miss Wooldridge and corporate volunteers after school and started to build a business plan for their social enterprise. They undertook market research and began to establish their idea of running a FIFA tournament at break times and after school. In total, the boys raised over £474 of which all monies will go to helping pupils in West Bengal learn English at school.
At the final, the boys presented in front of four prestigious businessmen and women and entrepreneurs, alongside the 'dragons', an audience full of other students and people pretty high up in business from companies such as New Look, EE and Rolls Royce.
One member of the audience, Sui Chin McKeand-Han of the Madrinha Trust, had this to write about our boys:
" I had the opportunity to chat with the team at break time and was thoroughly impressed by all of them. Articulate, polite, humble boys from such diverse backgrounds, sharing their enthusiasm to help others less fortunate using such a fun scheme. I know they will go far, as potential leaders and entrepreneurs. Grittily down to earth and street smart, engendered with their sense of purpose, energy and vivacity, I am rooting for you guys all the way. It came as no surprise that your team won the trophy again!"
I would like to say a massive congratulations to the boys who took part in this programme, they worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserved to take home the trophy!