Eden Girls’ School crowned Mosaic Enterprise Challenge winners!

 

A team of young entrepreneurs from Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest have been crowned the winners of the 2018 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.

Delisha Naaz, Imaan Abdalla, Mariyah Saddique, Saara Ahmed and Sedra Afzali triumphed in the national grand final of the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge in London on Tuesday 8 May.

Competing as Team Ed-Wise, the five Year 8 pupils beat off competition from five other teams from schools in the South East, North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands and Glasgow.

Our team’s idea for an app that would revolutionise how supply teachers are sourced in schools triumphed in the competition. Judges were impressed by their idea to disrupt the current substitute teacher market by creating a new online market-place for schools to find quality supply teachers directly, disregarding the use of agencies and the high rates of commission associated with them.

After being crowned the 2018 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge winners, Team Ed-Wise enjoyed a tour of the ITN News studio, meeting presenters Rageh Omaar, Sian Williams and Aleggra Stratton. Getting the star treatment as they were chauffeur-driven across London in a Rolls Royce Phantom and a Rolls Royce Ghost, the girls also enjoyed a rooftop garden experience above one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, the Walkie Talkie.

The winners also met with young millionaire and creator of SB.TV Jamal Edwards MBE, who was a special guest at the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge final.

Pupil Delisha Naaz commented:

“We were ecstatic when we realised that all our hard work had paid off – I felt very proud of team Ed-Wise. We have met a lot of inspiring people throughout our journey and we will remember our experiences for many years to come.”

Pupil Imaan Abdalla said:

“It has been a long time coming. We all worked very hard for this and winning was simply amazing.”

Aamena Mayet, our Assistant Principal, said:

“The girls have worked phenomenally hard since the beginning to achieve this feat.  Team Ed-Wise faced stiff competition on the day of the Mosaic Enterprise National Finals, however their pitch was flawless and they did London proud.

“Team Ed-Wise were the youngest competitors this year however with their level of skill and panache you could not tell.  All of this is thanks to Mosaic for the support and fantastic mentors, especially Khalid Khan and Holly Bathgate who were invaluable throughout the process.  Now we look forward to turning this business idea into a reality over the next year, so watch this space!”

Our Principal Shahina Ahmad added:

“We are very proud of this achievement and would like to thank Mosaic for this great opportunity, a testimony to the power of mentoring and positive thinking! Thank you to the girls for their hard work, commitment and resilience. You have made us very proud!”

Nizam Uddin, Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration at The Prince’s Trust, said:

“Huge congratulations to the winning team from Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest, who have been outstanding all the way throughout the challenge. We can’t wait to see what they do with their start-up! It was a very close decision in the end and all six participating teams did their schools, their region, their mentors and themselves proud.

“Thanks again to everyone who has made the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge a huge success this year, not least of all the hundreds of business mentors that freely give their time to support the young people involved, and our sponsors.”

The success of Team Ed-Wise mirrors that of Eden Girls’ School pupils in the 2016 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, when team S-Mart became the competition’s youngest ever winners.

Run annually, Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is a national competition run by the Prince’s Trust that aims to inspire knowledge, raise aspirations, confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability among secondary school pupils from some of the most deprived communities across the UK. 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.

Added By: Aisha Ayub | Date Added: 24th May 2018 | Posted In:

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