Budding Swinton High School student business people were put through their paces recently by a formidable line-up of Dragons’ Den-style judges – including Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton and Salford Business School’s Professor Kurt Allman – to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week.
As part of the launch of Manchester United Foundation’s partnership with Swinton High School, through its Hub of the Community programme, 30 student teams developed business ideas to support a product which could be used by the FA to expand its commercial interests.
The students then pitched their ideas in front of the whole school to the expert judging panel of Sir Bobby, Professor Allman, Chief Executive of Manchester United Foundation John Shiels and Dr Matthew McCaffrey from Manchester Business School.
The winning team from year 7 proposed a 60 second hair growth supplement. Student Eric Raby also convinced as an aspiring entrepreneur and received a special commendation from the judges, winning a £50 Amazon voucher donated by Salford Business School.
Professor Allman said: “Given the time children had, these were excellent business pitches. The concepts where imaginary and inspired, and the execution of the business pitch was exceptional. The hair growth supplement team was a clear winner, giving a perfect presentation – convincing, succinct and well researched.”
This is not the first time that Salford Business School has supported Manchester United Foundation and its work with local schools and this support will continue as the business pitches continue throughout the year, culminating in the FA’s Business Pitch in early 2015.
Professor Amanda Broderick, Executive Dean of Salford Business School, added: “The work with Manchester United Foundation complements our unique partnership with Manchester United’s legendary Class of ‘92, where community engagement through inspirational sportspeople releases the ambition of young people.”
Photo caption (left to right): John Shiels, Chief Executive of Manchester United Foundation; Sir Bobby Charlton; Professor Kurt Allman, Associate Dean Enterprise & Engagement at Salford Business School; Dr Matthew McCaffrey, Lecturer in Enterprise at the University of Manchester; Manchester United mascot Fred the Red; and Mark Harrison, Headteacher of The Swinton High School