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Dixons Unity wins Prince's Trust Enterprise Challenge regional finals!

Posted 21st March 2019

A young team of aspiring entrepreneurs from Dixons Unity Academy have won the Yorkshire Regional Final of the prestigious 2019 Prince's Trust Enterprise Challenge competition, hosted at KPMG Leeds.

Run annually, the PT Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that aims to inspire knowledge, raise aspirations, confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability among secondary school pupils. Supported by specialist, volunteer mentors from across the business community, students compete for six-weeks in an online business game where they must develop, market and sell a new product

Hundreds of teams compete in each region of the Country and the top five then go through to the regional finals. Finalist teams pitch their ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style event to a prestigious panel of judges including Ajaz Ahmed – Director of Legal365, Bradley Keast – Director at KPMG, Andrew Hebden, Director – Bank of England.

Team ‘A.i class’ from Dixons Unity Academy beat stiff competition from teams from Mount St Mary Catholic High School, John Charles Cockburn, Lawnswood School and Astrea Academy, with their idea to use artificial intelligence to mark students written school work.

The team from Dixons Unity will now progress to the Grand Final in London in May where they will be competing against winning schools from the North West, South East, London, West Midlands and Scotland for the chance to become national champions.

The national champions will win a prize of £2,500 for their school plus a further £500 to invest in developing their business idea and making it a commercial reality. Previous winners have also enjoyed tea at 10 Downing Street and a unique tour of Clarence House.

Assistant Vice Principal, Hamzah Khan, who accompanied the team to the event said:

"I have been involved in this event for the last 3 years and this was the toughest of the finals I have attended. The team's success is testimony to their determination and how well they prepared!" Hamzah Khan, Assistant Vice Principal