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2 April, 2007

Schools pitch Giving Nation Challenge projects to the Experts

On Tuesday, 3 April, teams of young social entrepreneurs came together at Deutsche Bank London to pitch their ideas to a panel of social enterprise experts, including Penny Newman CEO of Café Direct, Executive Chairman of the Big Issue, Nigel Kershaw and Eric Samuel MBE, CEO of Community Food Enterprise.

G-Nation Challenge logo.
The teams had taken part in the Citizenship Foundation’s ‘Giving Nation Challenge’ where classes are offered £50 to design and run a short term campaign to help others, using the model of a charity or social enterprise. Their progress, including Tuesday's pitches, have been filmed for a documentary about the project to be screened on the Community Channel in June.

During the morning, one or two students from the three competing schools presented the social enterprise they had set up and run over the past five weeks to the panel before being questioned by the experts.


• Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire, where the ‘Clean it Up’ team are selling specially designed mugs to fund brightening up the local environment.

• Phoenix High School, West London, where the ‘Dolly Movers’ are setting up a series of ‘open mic’ music events to provide training and entertainment for local youth.

• Wilmington Enterprise College in Dartford, Kent, whose project ‘Generations’ is making CD Roms to help elderly people develop their computer skills.

The teams were judged on their originality, the appropriateness of their idea, good money management, evidence of teamwork and sustainability and of course, ‘wow factor’.

To find out who won, tune in to watch the documentary, to be shown on the Community Channel in June...


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