School Enterprise Challenge: Making videos and meeting student entrepreneurs in India

Hi! Welcome to our first blog from INDIA!

I’m Sally and I manage The School Enterprise Challenge, our global business start-up competition for schools. I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last 3 months here in India, meeting some of the 200+ Indian schools participating in this year’s competition and learning how we can make the 2015 challenge our best yet!  This blog features a couple of highlights of my time here



Filming our first ever educational videos!

Many of the schools participating in The School Enterprise Challenge told us that they would love to have some videos that help with business planning. So, with the help of Bharti Public School (Mayur Vihar), KIIT World School , DAV Public School Pushpanjali, and talented film producer Mayank Singh, we got to work! Over the course of a few weeks, we produced three training videos that help teachers coach students in ‘Generating a Business Idea’, ‘Conducting Market Research’ and ‘Financial Planning!’

In October, we got a chance to showcase these videos to a global audience at the‘UNESCO/UNEVOC Global Forum on Skills for Work and Life’ in Germany. The feedback so far has been really positive and we’re looking forward to making a whole series of educational videos in 2015!

Check out our our lesson on brainstorming and coming up with a business idea here.

School visits

I absolutely love visiting our schools, speaking to students about their experience as entrepreneurs and seeing their school businesses in action!

In November, I visited Kulachi HansRaj Model School in Delhi. Their school is collaborating with three others in the locality on an enterprise which has seen incredible success. In their recent sales event, they raised $1300, 60% of which they used to pay for scholarships and uniforms for some of their students.

It was great to hear students talking about the many practical skills they had gained on the challenge and their plans to run businesses of their own. Surbhi, Director of the Handicrafts department, told me: “I have learned how to lead a team, how to be responsible and how to earn money. My self-confidence has grown. I now really want to start my own fashion business when I leave school.

Ms Rashmi Kathuria, Coordinator of the School Enterprise Challenge, also remarked: “The School Enterprise Challenge has been a great platform for students, teachers and the entire school to know their potential and work together for a good cause.”

There is so much enthusiasm and momentum for school enterprise in India. I’m sure I’ll be back here again soon and look forward to hearing more from inspirational students like Surbhi! A very big thanks the team at STIR Education, who kindly hosted me during my stay in Delhi. 

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