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Cultivate 2016

Three young entrepreneurs from local West Berkshire schools have won Awards for innovative business ideas.

This year’s Cultivate competition awarded the prizes on 14th July. The event, hosted by Bayer and devised by Education Business Partnership West Berkshire, was the culmination of six months’ work from budding young entrepreneurs from local schools and colleges.

Cultivate 2016 was set up to encourage curious, self-motivated young people to take some important first steps to develop a business idea start-up. The challenge is open to anyone between 12-19 years of age with the ultimate potential of winning a prize fund of £250-£500 for investment in the idea.

This year’s overall winner was Josh Carter from Newbury College, winning the top prize of £500 with his business idea, ‘Gro’ – a hydroponics plant system. The runners up prizes were won by Amee Denny from Kennet School with her business ‘Stampella’, to create specially designed crutches for children. Ben Page, Nicky Prowse, Sam Dean and William Shopland from St Bartholomew’s School also won a commendation with their business ‘Vortex’, a retro online computer game.

Amanda Richards, CEO of the Education Business Partnership added: “The future looks bright if these young people are examples of the generation that is emerging from our local schools and college. Their creativity and determination was exceptional. They showed great maturity in the development of their business and the way they worked with the local mentors.”