Ryde Academy 2021
One of the Ryde Academy teams underway with their business activities


This academic year’s Young Enterprise Company Programme is underway and involves 9 school or college teams across the Isle of Wight.

The programme is managed by Island social enterprise Ed-WISE, which improves life chances and opportunities for young people, and is sponsored by Hose Rhodes Dickson.

Young Enterprise is designed to help students to get a taste of the real business world, through forming a team with individual roles and responsibilities and then developing and launching a real product or service. Each team is supported by a proven business advisor, who helps the team to steer through choppy waters as the business launches and takes off.

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In recent years the programme has been very successful on the Island, inspiring students to join or start-up businesses and to show their innovation.

The first hurdle that the teams need to navigate over is a Dragons Den event on Tuesday 30th November, involving a panel of leading Island businesspeople. There are real cash rewards at stake for the team making the best pitches for financial investment.

Head Dragon, Jamie Busby from Hose Rhodes Dickson, explains why the Company Programme is so popular with schools, students and businesspeople:

“Over the years we have seen many students inspired by this true business experience, as they create, launch and sell products. It’s great to see students blossom through the trading experience.”

To watch the progress of Island school teams this year or to learn more, visit www.ed-wise.org.

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