THE brightest in young business brains battled it out in a contest to show off their enterprise skills.
There were awards for teams of young entrepreneurs representing schools in Hartlepool, even though they were just pipped to the overall crown.
Students had to pitch their business ideas to judges in the Tees Valley heat of the Young Enterprise North East awards.
Youths from both English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and Catcote Business and Enterprise College, in Hartlepool, were among the finalists doing their best to be crowned champions at the Wynyard Rooms, in Wynyard Park.
But it was no easy task with strong competition from Prior Pursglove College, in Guisborough, Middlesbrough College, Eston Park School and Carmel RC College, in Darlington.
Each was hoping to progress to the North East Regional Finals on Tuesday, June 14, where they could be named Company of the Year.
The victorious regional firm will progress to the national finals to be held in London. Every team was asked to set up a real company complete with products to sell, a board of directors and saleable shares. Then, at Thursday’s Tees Valley finals, they set up their stall and displayed their products.
They also had to present a business plan to the judges who would assess them on entrepreneurial flair, business acumen and the standard of their company report, trade stand and presentation.
The eventual overall Tees Valley winners were the Priori-Tee team from Prior Pursglove College, which produced T-shirts for charity, and the Carmel RC College team with their business, Dream Makers, which specialises in events management.
Both teams now move on to the regional finals.
There were awards too for teams from the two Hartlepool schools.
Super Cats from Catcote won the best team programme award for their idea of making bags and cups.
English Martyrs, picked up three sets of honours.
The Sweep team, specialising in recycled goods, won the title of best trade stand.
Clever Cookery’s cookery products won the best presentation title and the best report honour went to Mugshots which created mugs with photographs on the front.