Peter Jones begins search for next generation of young entrepreneurs
Dragons? Den star Peter Jones continues his mission to put enterpriseeducation? at the centre of the British school system, as over 2, 000 schoolchildren across the UK go head-to-head to with their own businesses as part of a scheme backed by the investor.
The Tycoon in Schools programme launched on 1 November 2016 will see over 300 hand-selected student enterprises receive a startup loan, backed by a fund of over a quarter of a million pounds from the Peter Jones Foundation.
The student competition has generated over 1, 250 new businesses since starting in 2012.
In a statement, Jones said that he was thrilled? to see the initiative extend to primary school students for 2016, giving a head-start to future entrepreneurs up and down the UK who will experience their first taste of enterprise.
Jones praised the innovative and creative business ideas? that the young entrepreneurs have produced each year as part of the competition.
we should never underestimate the ambition and potential of our young people, Jones said in a statement.
watch this space we could have the next global business tycoon in the making!?
The serial entrepreneur has previously spoken out about the government’s responsibility to create opportunities and foster skills that prepare potential young entrepreneursfor the world of business as a viable route post-education.
In August, Jones urged education secretary Justine Greening to create paths to enterprise for young people alongside traditional routes of higher education, following the decline in GCSE pass grades in core subjects.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.