The Young Enterprise Innovation Awards and Gala Dinner
Article by Robin Searle and Veronica Cowley
On Thursday 9th May, the Young Enterprise businesses, ComicCorn and ReJewelled, headed to The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay for the Cornish Innovation Awards. In the previous Young Enterprise Trade fairs, the two companies had been presented with several awards – for example, Most Innovative Product, Best Overall (ReJewelled) and Best Trade Stand (ComicCorn).
Following this the companies were invited to the Innovation Awards. The teams had prepared a 3 minute speech, a detailed Company Report and a trade stand displaying their individual products. ComicCorn exhibited their range of vegetable related merchandise matching their internet comic; meanwhile ReJewelled’s product was a variety of handmade jewellery crafted from recycled materials.
The Atlantic Hotel had invited a selection of local business people to observe the Young Enterprise teams – in hope of providing the students with a chance of a business deal. The panel of judges studied the success of the 9 companies from across Cornwall, asking questions about their progress in the world of business.
After demonstrating their products, the students were ushered into the ballroom with the business guests.
Richard Lander’s Jacob Wickett, who is now a Young Enterprise board member began the student led presentations, by sharing his experiences of being a director of Divided, a former Young Enterprise company, which still trades today. ComicCorn was amongst the first of the current teams to present - their presentation was highly professional and primarily led by Jordan Curnow, the Managing Director.
Then after being served an enjoyable gala dinner, ReJewelled presented their business. As the evening continued, a successful local business manager (from FireText) gave a speech on the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation. Following this, Richard Lander’s Cousin Jacks amused the crowd with their performances of Singing in the Rain and other favourite songs. For some of the older “jacks” this was their last public performance so they were squirted with water pistols to thank them for their efforts!
The winning teams were announced, as the evening drew to a close. ReJewelled came away with Most Innovative Product and Runner Up (Second Overall), and ComicCorn – unfortunately – failed to receive any prizes but you could certainly say they were the most eccentric and imaginative team there!
Although, Young Enterprise is officially finished for the Richard Lander teams, they continue to sell their products. If you are interested in buying Comic Corn’s vegetable themed mugs and t-shirts or ReJewelled’s beautiful recycled jewellery please contact the school.