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2016 Highlights

For Tycoon in Schools 2016 the stakes were higher than ever before as the competition officially expanded into primary schools for the very first time. Over 360 teams of children as young as five went head-to-head, starting their own businesses and trading. In total, over two thousand high-calibre students received funding to start their businesses. This year, businesses spanned from upcycling to film-nights, e-sports tournaments and printing children’s books.

Peter Jones CBE said of the 2016 competition that he has been “bowled over by the achievements of all the students throughout the competition and it has certainly been the most successful Tycoon in Schools yet.”

Eight finalists were invited to an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where we crowned an Overall Winner, a Highly Commended and four Key Stage Winners!

Tycoon in Schools final
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2016 winners - Lease 2 Learn

Meet the winners

Tycoon in Schools Overall Winner Lease 2 Learn with Peter Jones CBE and their cheque for £1,000!

Meet the eight finalists!

Blue Bowtique

Key Stage 1 & 2 - Winner and Overall Highly Commended

Blue Bowtique

Blue Bowtique from Barnby Road Academy near Newark received £96 as a start-up loan and invested the money to create bespoke hair bows that give ‘flair to the hair’. They sold to the local community and achieved an incredible 1,544% profit ratio.

Birdie Brunch

Key Stage 1 & 2 - Runner Up

Birdie Brunch

Birdie Brunch, from Ludham Primary School and Nursery near Great Yarmouth, received £48 as a start-up loan and they invested the money to create and sell hand-made, sustainable, bird-feeders as the perfect Christmas gift. Their aim was to create an environmentally-friendly product that would help to nourish and protect birds from the cold winter.

Little Acorn

Key Stage 3 - Winner

Little Acorn

Little Acorn from Queen Anne’s School near Reading received £174 as a start-up loan and invested the money to create handmade, decorative ‘family trees’ to sell as gifts.

Community Kids

Key Stage 3 - Runner Up

Community Kids

Community Kids from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy near Blackburn, received a start-up loan of £752 and invested the money to create calendars celebrating the Blackburn and Darwen area. The money raised went towards building a memorial garden for their friend Kevin Burnett.

Lease 2 Learn

Key Stage 4 - Winner and Overall Winner

Lease 2 Learn

Lease 2 Learn from Westborough High School in Dewsbury received £280 as a start-up loan. Their business allows students, teachers and the wider community to lease and hire school IT equipment, including refurbished laptops, at a very competitive and affordable price. The main aim was to create a level playing field at school, where everyone has access to the technology that they need to succeed. The idea was conceived as they discovered over a third of students at their school did not have access to a computer or laptop at home. Lease 2 Learn was selected by a panel of judges based on the criteria of profitability, teamwork, business concept, sustainability and community engagement and the team had a fantastic final profit ratio of 1,839%.

Indulge

Key Stage 4 - Runner Up

Indulge

Indulge from Hampton College in Peterborough, received £122 as a start-up loan and invested the money to produce handmade bathbombs.

Footprint

Key Stage 5 - Winner

Footprint

Footprint, from The Queen’s School in Chester, received £100 as a start-up loan and invested the money to educate children on current issues such as embracing different ethnicities and cultures through creating and selling a children’s book.

The Lytham Christmas Company

Key Stage 5 - Runner Up

The Lytham Christmas Company

The Lytham Christmas Company from AKS Lytham Independent School near Blackpool, received £71 as a start-up loan and invested the money to produce rustic reindeers as gifts for the festive period.