Global Entrepreneurship Week is an annual, international event held every November in over 170 countries and is the largest campaign of its type. Its aim is to inspire and guide the next few generations of entrepreneurs and in Hull, we have the good fortune to have the driven and enthusiastic Charles Cracknell and Mike Notorantonio at the helm.
PrimaryTec were once again proud to support and sponsor the week of events including the Make £5 Blossom event and the Primary Day.
Make £5 Blossom involves investing £150 in a school class (approx. £5 per pupil) for them to use as start-up funds for a fledgling business idea, subsequent profits then being invested back into the school’s enterprising idea. This year, PrimaryTec were partnered with Francis Askew Primary School. Tracey Precious was on hand once again to represent PrimaryTec, both in April to present to last year’s partner, St Richard’s Primary Academy, and this year for the launch event on the first day of GEW 2018 in Hull. She said “It’s great to be involved with something like this. The kids are so smart and the ideas just flow out of them. They also learn how businesses work as well as taking important organisational and planning skills into their entrepreneurial futures!”
Lindy Andersen also represented PrimaryTec at another event later in the week – The Primary Event – as one of the six judges. Over 200 pupils attended a packed KCOM Craven Park where schools were asked to come up with ideas for exciting events to take place at the stadium. The winning pitch was by Eastfield Primary School and they got the £250 first prize donated by PrimaryTec. Additionally, Ross Bennett of Engaging Education added £50 to each of the six winning schools because he was so impressed by their presentations.
“Charles and Mike work so hard to organise this week every year.” said Lindy “And we’re very pleased to ease their burden in a small way by sponsoring part of it. Working with many of the schools whom we already support from a professional point of view is always rewarding and we never ceased to be amazed at the creativity of the children and occasionally, the maturity of their approach to the challenges.”.
Rachel (10) from Eastfield Primary School said “Everything was amazing, funny and a lot of thinking. It was stressful but nothing could be improved, it taught us to work as a team and support it each other, and take risks because without risk we would not enjoy anything and be happy.”
Lindy continued, “As part of the sponsorship, the children were given a t-shirt each, proudly emblazoned with PTCloud, our new cloud-based solution for admin and educational needs. I think the children had great fun decorating them!”
The week was rounded off by a Celebration Dinner attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Hull, Steven Wilson, where over £3000 was raised for ‘Action for Ashley’, an Action Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy charity, and awards were presented to those who support the enterprise agenda. PrimaryTec were again in attendance having procured an entire table. Raffle prizes were won and MD Mike Corlyon even managed to out-bid all-comers for a red carpet, television event in London.
“We hope to be able to support this event for long into the future.” said Lindy “We sometimes feel that the effort that Charles and Mike put into it doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves – but we applaud them for it. The statistical analysis conducted afterwards is proof of its success.”
At the time of writing, the report of the 2018 event is still in production but will be available on the website at www.gewhull.co.uk.
If you want to know more and to get involved in next year’s event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org GEW 2019 will be held November 18-24, 2019.