As a centre of innovation, St Paul’s School seeks to prepare its students for the jobs of tomorrow, and the Entrepreneurs Club is a critical element to providing an education worth having.
The Paired Memories team turned their passion for repurposing old school uniforms, creating new memories, and providing environmentally friendly graduation gifts into a commercialised business! Two year 10 boys and a parent now operate a business with the vision to reduce landfill and repurpose clothing into handmade bears, tote bags and much more.
Year 11 students Harriet Nixon and Sarah McDonald are co-Managing Directors of The Stitch Up Co – a St Paul’s School Entrepreneurs Club business. The startup looks to solve a problem many of us have faced: what to do with the shirts we have collected that, despite having significance to us, we no longer wear? The Stitch Up’s solution is to repurpose these shirts into pillows, not only giving them a new lease on life but most importantly allowing customers to keep cherishing the memories associated with the shirt.
Do you find online shoe shopping stressful? Would it help if you were sure the shoe you were about to purchase would fit your foot? That is the solution proposed by Sole Tech, a St Paul’s School Entrepreneurs Club business. Sole Tech is the brainchild of six Year 11 & 12 students who are working on designing an app which measures the dimensions of your foot through augmented reality and cross-checks these measurements with shoe dimensions from a range of providers. While still in the design stage, this app is solving a very real problem and has enormous potential.
A mix of St Paul's students and teachers will work and learn alongside one another to grow their ideas into businesses. Participants will have access to coaches, market-leading resources and first class facilities.
Participants will learn new skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and how to turn an idea into a business
Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their final ideas to a School panel with the top entries going on to be presented to panel of venture capitalists
Face to face workshops, and out of session activities, inspiring case studies, and excursions commencing in term 3.
Entrepreneurial and business coaches’ will be on hand to help participants identify their own strengths, develop new skills, and understand their blindspots
Participants get to formally and legally introduce their product or service to the market, get suppliers and customers.
After successfully completing the Entrepreneurs Club, all participants get the opportunity to become members of the CIE – Centre for Innovators and Entrepreneurs where they get the advice, support, and facilities to actually commercialise their business. Yes, potentially running a business whilst still at school.
You don’t need to have a business idea yet. You don’t need to know how to build a website or craft a profit and loss statement. What you do need is a willingness to work with others in an entrepreneurial environment, show persistence and commitment and a desire to try something new.
The Club will include 15-20 participants consisting of
Applications open Friday 20 July, 2018 and close Friday 3 August, 2018. This will be followed by a selection process.
All applicants will be notified on Thursday 9 August.
Any current St Paul’s Student or member of staff can apply.
Please begin your application for the 2018 Entrepreneurs Club below. We look forward to seeing what is possible and who among you might be the next entrepreneur!Apply Here
Our participants are guided through their entrepreneurship journey by experienced coaches from the corporate sector. If you are interested in learning more about what this involves, register your interest.Register Here