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Barnsley Big Challenge

Welcome to the I Know I Can Barnsley Big Challenge.

The I Know I Can Barnsley Big Challenge is an enterprise competition open to any young person aged between 9 and 19 living and learning in Barnsley.

Teams of up to 8 students are invited to submit a business idea. Each successful team will be paired up with a mentor from the business community who will invest £25 and an hour every month to guide and support the team as they grow your business idea. When you have made a profit, this £25 must be paid back but everything after that belongs to the team to do with as they choose.

The overall winners are decided at a Dragons Den pitch at the end of the academic year.

Entrants in the challenge will:

  • Experience starting a business and being an entrepreneur for themselves
  • Meet with and learn from business people currently employed in a range of different fields, everything from marketing to business finance.
  • Build enterprise and employability skills including team work, communication and problem solving.

To enter the Big Challenge please complete the application form. The deadline to enter the competition is Thursday 23rd October.

Contact

If you are a school, college or community organisation wishing to be involved in the competition or a local business person wanting to be involved as a business mentor, please contact Helen Shaw on 01226 773453 or helenshaw@barnsley.gov.uk

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Testimonials
"Excellent Industry Day event, Feeling positive about my sons future."

Local Parent
2014-04-08T16:55:47+00:00
“Excellent Industry Day event, Feeling positive about my sons future.” Local Parent
"If you feel that you're a bit different, don't worry and don't be afraid to go against the grain sometimes. Are you living your life or copying someone else? It can be hard to push out of your comfort zone but take a risk and have self belief."

IKIC Alumni
2014-04-08T16:56:17+00:00
“If you feel that you’re a bit different, don’t worry and don’t be afraid to go against the grain sometimes. Are you living your life or copying someone else? It can be hard to push out of your comfort zone … Continue reading
"I always wanted to start my own business and the support and boost I got from the Big Challenge has filled me with the confidence to know I can, pardon the pun"

IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge entrant
2014-04-08T16:56:39+00:00
“I always wanted to start my own business and the support and boost I got from the Big Challenge has filled me with the confidence to know I can, pardon the pun” IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge entrant
"Its a great thing to do, even if you aren't wanting to set up a business in the future its good experience as you get an idea of what its like to work and also develops key skills that everyone need in life! It's hard work but totally worth it!"

IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge entrant
2014-04-08T16:57:12+00:00
“Its a great thing to do, even if you aren’t wanting to set up a business in the future its good experience as you get an idea of what its like to work and also develops key skills that everyone … Continue reading
"Our pupils really engaged with their mentors and valued all the contributions they have made, some of them have never had that kind of interest and attention for their ideas before."

Teacher involved in the IKIC Big Challenge
2014-04-08T16:58:04+00:00
“Our pupils really engaged with their mentors and valued all the contributions they have made, some of them have never had that kind of interest and attention for their ideas before.” Teacher involved in the IKIC Big Challenge
"I would advise every school and head teacher to get involved with this, working on something real makes so much difference to our pupils and there is nothing like this out there especially to help the pupils study their business courses"

Teacher involved in the IKIC Big Challenge
2014-04-08T16:58:25+00:00
“I would advise every school and head teacher to get involved with this, working on something real makes so much difference to our pupils and there is nothing like this out there especially to help the pupils study their business … Continue reading
"It's a worthwhile project to get involved with to help young people understand and experience what is required in running a business. They develop valuable life skills."

IKIC Mentor
2014-04-08T16:59:11+00:00
“It’s a worthwhile project to get involved with to help young people understand and experience what is required in running a business. They develop valuable life skills.” IKIC Mentor
"Get involved, you'll get much more back than you give."

IKIC Mentor
2014-04-08T16:59:33+00:00
“Get involved, you’ll get much more back than you give.” IKIC Mentor
"Take the opportunity to work with young people, the rewards are fantastic."

IKIC Mentor
2014-04-08T16:59:57+00:00
“Take the opportunity to work with young people, the rewards are fantastic.” IKIC Mentor
"The teamwork was brilliant - we learnt from each other and helped each other out - everyone had different skills so together we could achieve a lot"

IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge entrant
2014-04-08T17:00:20+00:00
“The teamwork was brilliant – we learnt from each other and helped each other out – everyone had different skills so together we could achieve a lot” IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge entrant