Students celebrate hat-trick of awards
BUSINESS students are celebrating a hat-trick of successes.
Young entrepreneurs from Wilberforce Sixth Form College have scooped three awards this year.
The team of A-level business studies students made it three wins when they beat more than 200 other hopefuls at the Post 16 Enterprise Masterclass, at the University of Hull.
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Team Wilberforce created a marketing concept for a product or service by using an orange cone as inspiration.
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Team leader Kallum Green, 18, said they were given 45 minutes to come up with the name of the product, the retail cost and suitable marketing material, all of which had to be linked to the renewables' industry.
He said: "We had no idea what we were going to be marketing, so when a traffic cone was put in front of us, we did just look and stare initially.
"We soon started coming up with ideas and did work as a team.
"We would have been pleased to make the final three groups, never mind winning the competition."
Kallum, joined by Jack Davies, Romilly Tucker, Jack Siddle, Bronwyn Hawkins, all 16, and Michael Sellers, 17, developed the proposal for a glow-in-the-dark solar traffic cone, naming their business Solarway.
Their idea, projected sales and revenue figures were pitched to a panel of judges, which included Ruth Badger, of BBC1's The Apprentice fame.
Their ideas won them the top prize of £300 of vouchers, which can be used towards furthering their own business ideas.
Kallum said: "We wanted to create something that would save power bills, so we decided on a cone covered in solar panels.
"The money has been shared between us all.
"I have spent my money on a new tripod for my Mosh News website, which has 20,000 hits a day from all over the world.
"It started from boredom and then I approached Wilberforce College, who kindly agreed to sponsor the website, and it has gone from there.
"I plan to develop my website to include features such as a chat show, and filming local bands and celebrities coming into the area."
This year, students from the college were also the University of Hull heat winners in the ICAEW Base competition in March, and Business, Accountancy and Skills Education national competition finalists in June.