Tycoon in schools

Tycoon in Schools

Tycoon in Schools
  • The Peter Jones Foundation gives young people a brighter future through a range of pioneering education activities and other much-needed encouragement and support initiatives.
  • We teach young people how to be entrepreneurial and encourage them to make a difference to their lives, the communities they live in and the wider economy

Tycoon in Schools is the Foundation's response to the Prime Minister’s pledge to support every school in England to run its own business at the launch of StartUp Britain in March 2011. Launched in July 2012, this national competition gives primary and secondary school students an opportunity to experience running a real life business within their school, thereby stimulating a more enterprising culture across Britain.

The competition runs during the autumn term and stands out from other national enterprise competitions because each team has the opportunity to write a business plan and then pitch for a start-up loan of up to £1000 per school from Peter himself in order to launch and run their businesses. Trading kicks off in November and runs for a four-week period, with the overall winner being announced in the January.  

The first year of Tycoon in Schools was a great success with hundreds of secondary schools registering to take part and over a hundred teams being selected to receive start-up loans allowing them to run their business during the competition. The winners' award ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace where the five winning teams were presented with their awards by HRH, The Duke of York KG, Patron of the Peter Jones Foundation and Peter Jones CBE. You can read about the award ceremony further here.

In 2013, we were delighted that the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) chose to support the competition. You can take a look at the highlights from 2015 here

To find out more information about Tycoon in Schools or to register your school to take part please visit www.tycooninschools.com.

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