Picture of Fern Twist, Elle Edwards and Erin Bispham with Tutor Leyla McGhee at the backAn enterprising group of students at the St Helens College 14-16 Academy have got off to a flying start with their innovative business idea developed as part of Tycoon in Schools.

Tycoon in Schools is a free national enterprise competition spearheaded by Peter Jones CBE, entrepreneur and star of Dragons’ Den, which gives young people the chance to run their own business.

The initiative hopes to encourage entrepreneurs of the future and St Helens College 14 – 16 Academy group have embraced the opportunity. Three students Erin Bispham, Elle Edwards and Fern Twist wowed Peter Jones so much with their business plan that he sent the group a personal goodwill message saying “This is a great idea”. The students came up with the great business idea of an App that will replace the paper student weekly planner. Tutor Leyla McGhee said “ The girls suggested that the student planner be replaced by an app, as they never forget their phones” The students first had to put together a business plan outlining all costs, overhead, income and profits just like it was a real business. This impressed Peter Jones and the Tycoon team so much that they were immediately awarded a start-up grant of a few hundred pounds.

Buoyed by the confidence Peter Jones showed in them, the students have got on with the hard job of creating and developing the app and it should be ready for sale to fellow students soon. Not stopping there, the girls also have ambitious plans for expansion. They said “If this works for the 14-16 Academy then we should be able to adapt it and sell it to the A Level Academy and other sixth form areas.

To find out more about joining the St Helens College 14-16 Academy call us on 0800 99 66 99.