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Students Compete in ‘Start Up! Stamford’

Start up Stamford business finalistsLast week saw the final of ‘Start Up! Stamford,’ the business start-up competition for 18-25s in Stamford take place, which featured the business ideas of two students from the Stamford Endowed Schools.

‘Start Up! Stamford,’ a competition in its second year, is run by some churches and businesses in Stamford, with the aim of helping young people get started in business.

Last year competitors first had to submit their idea to judges; in terms of target market, resources required and potential issues. Then the competitors were designated a mentor to work with to help develop their idea before a final ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch to a panel of local business people and sponsors.

The two SES Year 13 students who competed throughout this year’s event were Finn Vergalen and Lilli Atkin. Finn impressed the watching judges hugely and as a result reached the final four. Lilli was awarded one of two special certificates at the end.

Stamford Endowed Schools Chaplain, Mark Goodman, who attended the event said, “I sat next to one of the competition mentors from Tyrell Crisps, who spoke of Finn in glowing terms, and said that he would employ him tomorrow if he had the chance.”