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Our Creative Enterprise Challenge

A 5 day unique and creative learning experience that teaches young people how to start their own product-based business. Imagine "The Apprentice" meets "Dragon's Den" experience. 

"The Creative Enterprise Challenge is described by the programme’s leader Sami Lovett as a “real life ‘The Apprentice’ meets ‘Dragon's Den’ experience”. It takes the best aspects of these successful TV shows and blends them with practical skills workshops led by Sami, to form a programme designed to give children a valuable opportunity to develop their skills and confidence."

Are you looking for something creative, sustainably focused and educational

to boost your child's learning experience?

Are your children interested in creating a start-up business in the future?

Why not get stuck into our Creative Enterprise Challenge?

Over five days, ten young people (also known as Challengers) are split into two teams of five to meet a sustainable design brief that involves designing a brand, product, marketing video and start-up business plan. They design and make products using recycled materials and learn handicrafts, graphic design and digital fabrication skills throughout the week.

The challengers also learn business skills to cost their products to make a profit at retail. At the end of the week, each team has its ‘Dragon’s Den’ moment where they present and pitch their creations to an expert panel of judges who are successful entrepreneurs themselves. 

Each team identifies a target market and corporate client. If they are happy with their finished products they can then go on to sell them to these customers should they want to.

"The Creative Enterprise Challenge aims to educate and inspire young people, who will walk away at the end of the week with so much more than a product and a business plan. We’ve seen the transformation that’s possible in just one week in previous programmes, with young people often starting the week a little nervous but by the end of the week they’ve made new friends and built their confidence.”

- Sami Lovett


All the wood used in the products made by the students in the Creative Enterprise Challenge originates from re-used wooden boxes and plywood sheets supplied by our PIECES Partner, Morley Glass, a Leeds-based manufacturer of double-glazed window units that feature integral blinds.

Workshop Delivery:

This workshop experience is adaptable and can be hosted at schools or any location of your choice. 

We can host these workshops during term time for groups of students or during the school holidays.

Mon - Fri from 10.00 - 16.00

We also offer an early drop-off service for parents during the school holidays.  


This programme is ideal for ages 10 - 18.

Group bookings are for 10 children

£295 per child. (£59 per day)

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Suitable for all ages and abilities.

A testimonial from some of our judges

A testimonial from some of our parents

Teacher Testimonial

“The Creative Enterprise scheme gave students the opportunity for student to learn in an out-of-class environment.


As the students were Key Stage 4, it also gave them the chance to experience a more self-led style of thinking and working, which is great for their preparation for adulthood. Our students have never had the chance to work in such a free and creative manner.”

Manup Sangra,  East SILC - Temple Moor HCP

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