Schools Pitch-ed into battle

The Pitch StudentsA two-day residential business challenge run by the University of Wolverhampton saw 30 teams from local schools work on a live brief from industry, culminating in a real-life pitch to company representatives.

This year, Lego Education, the Black Country Living Museum, Capital FM, Star City, Ultra Furniture, and the charity Promise Dreams got involved in challenging students to devise an innovative solution to their real life business tasks.

During the two days, 150 year 10 and 11 pupils gained key skills in leadership, team building and problem solving before making their final pitch to a panel of judges at the University’s Telford Innovation Campus.

Raman Sarpal, Head of Marketing at the University of Wolverhampton said: “Wolverhampton is known as the University of Opportunity and has a fantastic record in supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise among its students, graduates and the business community.”

“It’s events like ‘The Pitch’ that remind us why we extend these opportunities to wider audiences and encourage the entrepreneurial aspirations of the younger generation.”

Winners of this year’s challenge were; Wrekin College for ‘Ultra Furniture Pitch’, Kings C of E for ‘Promise Dreams,’ Heath Park for ‘Star city,’ Newport Girls High School for ‘Capital FM’, Abbots Bromley for ‘Lego Pitch’ and the overall winners Cardinal Wiseman for ‘Black Country Museum.’