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Bexley teenagers gear up for one of London’s biggest entrepreneurial competitions

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 March 2018

Left to right: Jahmenia Campbell, Bradley Aquilina and Stephanie Boateng. Picture: London Met University

Left to right: Jahmenia Campbell, Bradley Aquilina and Stephanie Boateng. Picture: London Met University

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Business-minded students from a Bexley sixth form recently attended the Big Idea Challenge bootcamp day, a competition which raises awareness and interest in an entrepreneurial career.

Students from Christ the King St Mary’s Sixth Form, Chislehurst Road, Sidcup, took part in the competition, held in the heart of London’s entrepreneurial district, at Natwest’s headquarters in the City of London on Monday, February 26.

The challenge offers winners a chance to launch their business idea, with the help of business professionals.

Bradley Aquilina, Wasim Cader, Jahmeina Campbell and Stephanie Boateng make up the Bexley team, and the students will progress to the finals of the competition, where their idea will be judged alongside several other ideas from London schools and colleges.

Bradley said: “It is an honour to be taking part in such a great event.

“Our idea is an app which teaches students the life skills that you aren’t taught in college.

“It will help prepare and protect people from the easy mistakes that can be made from filling out forms.”

The challenge is run by Accelerator, London Metropolitan University’s business incubator, in partnership with NatWest, Microsoft, The Prince’s Trust, Lucidica, FullTilt Communications and The Barbican.

The winner of the competition will be announced on April 26, at an awards ceremony held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the winning team will be able to launch their business idea through a website and support from Accelerator.

Toby Kress, head of Accelerator at London Met, said: “London Met is committed to giving young people the opportunity to change their lives for the better, and one of the most powerful ways to do this is to give them the tools to start their own business one day and take their destiny into their own hands.

“There will also be a public vote for the winner so all of the finalist teams will have pitch videos made for them that will go on the Big Idea Challenge website, giving them a platform to be noticed.

“The students are so enthusiastic and passionate. I can’t wait to see where they take their ideas.”

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