Beauty and the Beard and Enterprise: 

Futures stumbled across this fantastic enterprise yesterday via BDaily North East, which by the way is a great Twitter handle to follow @BdailyNorthEast for stories and developments on regional businesses. Heavy Metal Gentleman are a Darlington startup. Laura had an understanding of the beauty industry, Thom had a beard and together they recognised a gap in the beard grooming product market.

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Within one year they are now exporting as far as Poland and brew and create with oils and balms a range of products to apply to the beard area. They love what they do, have high hopes for future expansion and have set up a ‘Kickstarter’ to help them on their way. 

This is one of numerous fantastic stories to share with young people about spotting opportunities and giving something a try. Encouraging pupils to think creatively and come up with an enterprising idea is a great way of engaging learners. Checkout their website and blog to discover more and perhaps purchase some products for a beard you know! 

Enterprise. development ideas:

Perhaps set quick challenges at the beginning of lessons to get your pupils creative brain juices flowing. For example “what would make a great home delivery service that isn’t already available?” or “if you were going to set up a vlogging channel what would you talk about that would appeal to others your age?” or “Can you think of a new idea for a wearable tech product?”

If you have pupils who are keen to explore enterprise further encourage them to think about areas of interest and subjects which may support them to develop their skills.  Also don’t forget to make the distinction between being creative and being artistic they are different skills sets although they do compliment each other. There are a number of activities, challenges and organisations who can help develop and support development; some of which are listed below. 

Young Enterprise @pfeg_org 

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy  @PJEA_org and @PJEA_EastDurham

Talent 2030 – aimed at girls and encouraging STEM engagement @talent2030

This is Creative Enterprise (TICE) offer a range of creative programmes, workshops and sessions. They have also recently launched traineeships in fashion, music, and graphic design. @TICE_Uk

Apps for good – encourage young people to develop their creative skills as well as digital skills by solving real world problems.  @appsforgoodCDI

A quote from the Founding Chairman Rodrigo Baggio:

Our goal is to transform the way technology is taught in schools; to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create solutions to the problems they care about, using technology.

Rodrigo Baggio, CDI Apps for Good, Founding Chairman & Founder CDI Global

Above are just a few ideas you may wish to consider. It’s also worth checking out Catapult which is part of the national agenda to encourage enterprise and innovation. They run some great competitions which you could use as live projects or as examples within lessons. They have one currently to develop a travel app with a prize of £5000.  It’s worth following them on Twitter too!  @digicatNETV 

For more information about enterprise, to advertise enterprisin events, workshops, or discuss how you can get involved with Futures NE email Futures NE


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