Students on the Edge of glory win £5000
17 November 2014
A team of budding entrepreneurs from Barking & Dagenham College were awarded first prize in a national enterprise competition – the Edge Challenge – at the The Skills Show yesterday.
The group of students, who have named themselves ‘Card Stack’, scooped first prize for their brand new concept of digital business cards. The four young entrepreneurs that make up the winning team are 22 year old Phil Newberry, from Romford, 19 year old Steven Upton, from Dagenham, 21 year old Thomas Gill, from Goodmayes, Ilford and 21 year old Tony Newberry, from Romford.
The Edge Challenge was launched last year by independent education charity, the Edge Foundation in partnership with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and the Gazelle Colleges Group. It aims to help young entrepreneurs get their business start-up off the ground.
Card Stack submitted a detailed and viable business proposal, including financial and marketing plans, alongside hopefuls from all over the country and six individuals and two teams were shortlisted and invited to pitch their ideas to a panel in London. The final three individuals and two teams travelled to Birmingham’s NEC this week, where the Skills Show is taking place, and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, awarded Card Stack their prize of £5000 at an awards event yesterday.
19 year old Steven Upton, from Dagenham, who is studying Animation and Games Design at the College, commented on the win, saying:
“Winning the Edge Challenge is a real boost for us. The whole process has encouraged us to really think hard about our business and challenge us to make the most of it. Pitching in London and at The Skills Show was really exciting. The prize money will be invested into the business to develop our business plan and move us towards launching Card Stack. We can’t wait to have the public using it!”
Cathy Walsh OBE, Principal and CEO, Barking & Dagenham College says:
“To win the top team prize in the first Edge Challenge team competition is an amazing result. The Card Stack team have worked so hard for this. It just shows that you don’t have to be a business studies student to start up in business. Everyone at Barking & Dagenham College is delighted and I would like to give special thanks to Adnan Mahmood, our chief entrepreneurial lead, who has coached the team so effectively.”
Peter Jones CBE, Founder of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, added:
"Card Stack are deserving winners. I hope that future Academy students will be inspired by their success and gain the confidence and drive to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.”