Edge is delighted to be working with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and the Gazelle Colleges Group on the Edge Challenge
Our 2015 Winners
The Edge Challenge
The Edge Challenge is an enterprise competition for 16-25 year
olds who have studied, or are studying, a vocational course at an
FE or Sixth Form college.
Students had to develop a business start-up based on an
innovative and viable idea.
Following pitches in London and Birmingham the winners were
awarded with their prizes by Theo Paphitis
The 2015 winners
1st Prize, £3,000 - Hassan Iqbal,
Hassan, a Virgin Pioneer and Finalist for Young Digital
Entrepreneur of the Year in the Digital Entrepreneur Awards, is a
young man with a carefully crafted plan. His creative media
agency, CreativePixels, is already up and running and while it's
currently in its infancy, his plans for expansion are in
CreativePixels has been able to move into a new shared-office
space which is in the heart of Manchester and means that
Hassan has a base to work from in between studying for his BA in
Enterprise and Marketing.
2nd Prize, £1,250 - Daniel Arundel, The Arundel
Daniel is no stranger to hard work, he already runs his
own business - Arundel Bakery - and earlier this year he was runner
up in the Peter Jones National Entrepreneur of the Year
competition. It was his plan to branch out with a free-from product
range, including cakes and crumbles free from gluten, dairy and
fat, that won him second place in the 2015 Edge
Since collecting his prize money, Daniel has expanded the
bakery's offering, supplying three more independent retailers and
growing its range of gluten free products. Over the 2015 Christmas
period Arundel Bakery sold a total of 3500 mince pies! He is
currently in the process of redesigning the bakery's packaging and
refreshing the website, and he has also set up a meal delivery
service for the elderly.
3rd Prize, £750 - Surya Dinavahi, Adept
Surya's robust business plan for his company, Adept
Consultants, won him third place in the Edge Challenge. Adept
Consultants will simplify accounting for SMEs with their hands-on,
supportive and cost-effective services.
The company is still in the early stages of developement
but Surya is working hard on developing the business's systems,
websites and marketing strategies.
Team Winners, £4,000 - Callum Coles and Samuel Roberts,
Callum Coles and Samuel Roberts are two incredibly
entrepreneurial young men from Cirencester. They have developed
SoberDrive - a breathalyser device fitted into vehicles to prevent
the would-be-drunk-driver from starting the car, thereby reducing
the number of drink-driving incidents. Their revolutionary product
aims to save lives and money.
In the four months since taking home the top prize, Callum and
Samuel have travelled to South Korea to talk about SoberDrive; they
were invited as special guests to the Asia Pacific Junior
Achievement Company of the Year Final. The duo have also filed
their international patent for SoberDrive.
For further information please contact Jane Samuels.