Published: Thursday, 04 October 2018 11:00
While seniors sat their practice exams, sixty four Year 10 girls were taking part in a 3 day programme called The BP Business Challenge. Working in teams of 8, the students had to imagine a new product or service, write a business plan to produce and sell their product and then launch the idea in a pitch to judges on the final day. Five successful business men and women, including AGGS old-girls Kendal Collins and Marie Holo, came to judge the quality of each team's business strategy. The judges were impressed with the enthusiasm, knowledge and confidence of all of our girls. The winning company APEX Portable created a portable food heater.
A further highlight on last day of the challenge was the announcement by BP that they are introducing new annual scholarships for students who have completed either a BP Challenge or been part of the Young Enterprise Scheme and who are going on to pursue tertiary study in the wider STEM areas. And the news got even better - BP will award a $1000 scholarship to an AGGS enterprise student for 2019. Interested students can get further information on the BP website https://www.bp.com/en_nz/new-zealand/AboutBP/BPinthecommunity/YoungEnterpriseTrust/bp-innovation-scholarship-programme.html Applications for this year’s scholarship close on 16 November, 2018.
In the words of our Year 10 students
“The challenge is all about gaining confidence, by pitching your ideas and presenting as a group. It helps students to learn how to work in a team, even if you are with complete strangers. It teaches students to think outside of the box and that its ok to make mistakes, while giving you insight on how business actually works in the real world. It was an amazing experience and we are all very glad we participated” Khalat and Liwen
“On Friday I was sad as I didn’t want this great experience to come to an end. I can also honestly say my brain was sore from absorbing so much knowledge”. Bella