The Milton Keynes Academy sixth form Young Enterprise Company has been going from strength to strength, as it continues to impress a wide range of people with its innovative new product.
Young Enterprise is a national scheme in which teams of students compete to come up with ideas to create a new product, following which they then set up a business to make and sell this product for a period of one year. Team members take on a specific role, such as ‘operations’ or ‘marketing’, with the team having to complete a business plan as well as creating and running a trade stall at a number of events. The Academy’s team received a boost when Woughton Parish Councillor Thillai Visvendran invested £200 in their project. The innovative group have come up with a design to solve two problems for the cyclist. They have designed a waterproof covering that prevents rain getting through the gaps in a cycle helmet to keep the cyclist dry, which then transforms when the helmet is not in use to become a handy bag in which to keep the helmet and other items. The students have called their company ‘Head Case’ which draws together the two elements of the product.
Mr Visvendran was impressed with their ingenuity and also could see the benefits in encouraging a healthy lifestyle. He is a retired engineer and has promised them some engineering expertise if they need it. Mr Visvendran presented the cheque in the Enterprise Hub at the Milton Keynes Academy – a fitting place for an enterprising idea.
Head Case had already been successful at a recent Young Enterprise Dragon’s Den event hosted at the Academy, when they received £40.00 from the ‘Dragons’. Mr David Stimson, the team’s business mentor commented, ‘They are a great team who work well together, they have all the ingredients to do very well as the competition progresses.’ Their next step, is to create a prototype before going into production.