Students Unloc Enterprising Ideas

Students put their innovation and entrepreneurship to the test when the Unloc Enterprise Academy Team visited last term. The exciting day, designed to motivate and inspire young people into business (private and public sector), was split into masterclasses, talks and hands-on exercises where student groups were challenged to create then pitch their business ideas in a dragons-den style activity.

The Unloc Enterprise Academy day, part of a programme to enable schools and colleges to inspire, motivate and develop the enterprising mindsets of young people and to encourage them to work as a team to create and explore business ideas.

Chris Jordan, previously at Robert May’s and Vice President of the Students’ Union was part of the winning team. He said: ‘I really enjoyed Enterprise day. It was a very good experience and it taught me all of the thoughts and processes that need to go into setting up a real business. The Unloc team were very friendly and helpful and we all look forward to working with them in the future.’

The day consisted of interactive masterclasses delivered by Unloc Enterprise Academy staff on everything from branding and marketing to business vision and mission. Students then worked with mentors to plan their very own social business idea. The Unloc Enterprise Academy uses the tried and tested business model canvas approach to get students thinking about all aspects of running a business. The day came to an end with students going head to head in a pitching competition in a bid to prove their business acumen. Project ideas covered cooking classes for students before they go to university, helping young people with mental health issues, organising communal travel for the elderly and IT/Computing classes for the under-privileged. The winning team with their business name of ‘New Cook’, helping students learn basic cooking skills, went away with the offer of one year of support and mentoring with a member of the business community acting as an Unloc Enterprise Ambassador and a £500 cash prize in order to allow the students to take their idea to the next step.

Sara Russell, Principal of Alton College said: ‘It was fantastic to work with the Unloc Enterprise Academy, their approach to inspiring and educating students into industry was refreshing. Part of studying at Alton College is to ensure our students leave us ready for their next steps into higher education and employment. Days and activities such as this always prove popular as they provide a real taste of life after Alton College. 

Managing Director of Unloc, Hayden Taylor, commented: ‘It was great to work in Alton College. The students were really engaged throughout the day and I can’t wait to work with them on furthering their social business ideas in the future. The enterprise days we deliver give students the freedom to be as creative as possible and the results are always inspiring.’

Find out more about studying Business at Alton College here