MORE than 500 young people from schools across Scotland had the opportunity to learn about enterprise at our Festival of Youth Enterprise.
The #FoYE18 was hosted by STV's Rachel McTavish and was held at Hampden Park on June 5 and 6. The event was designed to enable young people to find out more about career options for the future.
The first day of the festival saw 250 young people coming from as far as Dumfries & Galloway to spend time in workshops held by YE Scotland and Elevator and had the chance to listen to our guest speakers.
Sylvia Douglas, founder ofMsMissMrs which aims to empower women (young or old) through personal development programmes.
David Duke, founder and CEO of Street Soccer used football to encourage positive change in those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Gavin Bell, runs his own social media agency and vlog and can now boast of millions of views - we were keen to hear of his success following his background growing up in Shetland.
Our friends fromSkapade Studios in Dumbarton were on hand to hype up our intrepid entrepreneurs at the beginning of the morning as they told of their own experiences coming into the DJ-ing world and of their success since.
The second day of our #FoYE18 saw the culmination of our Company Programme, and the awards for the Company of the Year 2018.
Our 17 finalists had beaten off competition from 2,000 other students from the Highlands to the Borders and made it through their regional finals in order to compete for the national crown.
Our young people spent the day being interviewed, having their trade stands judged and presenting their company to our team of judges, while having the opportunity to sign up for our YE Scotland Alumni network.
We like to celebrate in style, so our awards dinner was Beach Party themed with music to match.
Our young people and guests enjoyed a drinks reception with a VW campervan themed photobooth and sparkling drinks.
With Rachel McTavish making her return to the stage alongside our Schools Programme Manager Mark Armstrong to welcome our finalists to the final leg of their journey.
This year we had a ten-minute set from Skapade Studios to set us up, with them commenting that it was the most bizarre set they'd ever played - with them being dressed in full suits.
In addition to this we were joined by mother/daughter entrepreneur duo Loral and Eishel Quinn, founders of Sustainably - an app dedicated to rounding up your 'loose change' from transactions and donating to charities of your choice.
Our keynote speaker Sanjeev Kohli shared his own experiences with enterprise and a non traditional career path - which we're all for.
So finally, we came to moment we'd all been waiting for - the results were in and our teams were waiting anxiously to see who would win our prestigious eco-friendly awards courtesy of Resonate Together.
Marketing Society Award - Estrela
Disney Creativity Award - Estrela
SIS Social Impact Award - Lite
SQA Link Teacher of the Year Award- Renfrewshire / Clare Thomson & Ashley Quinn
FSB Business Adviser of the Year Award - Jonathon Williamson
QTS Innovation Award - Bamboozled
Peroosh People's Choice - Estrela
City of Glasgow College Journey Award - Lanarkshire / Conor Blessing
IoD Scotland Director of the Year Award - Rhiannon Harrison (Negotium)
ICAS Finance Directors of the Year Award - Naomi Teh (Sozo)
Business Gateway Best Company Report - Estrela
Lyreco Best Trade Stand Award - Bamboozled
Glasgow University Best Presentation Award - Lite
RBS Company of the Year - Estrela
Our Company of the Year - Estrela - had travelled all the way from Orkney.
Inspired by Orcadian heritage and culture, the group of sixth year pupils manufactured a battery-operated, remote-controlled LED light designed for the home.
This year's finals were the first in a number of years to feature all 17 Regions as participants. The dedication, drive and determination of each of our Regional Finalists was evident and added to a fantastic and memorable celebration event.
We're very proud to be involved in helping young people make the connections they need.
Our Vision is for Scotland to be a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start
Our Mission is to inspire & equip all young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise.
In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.
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