Team Lumiere wins second place in Business Game

Ray of hope: Emmanuel College’s ESF Business Game runners-up Team Lumiere, (L-R) Stefanie Graham, Brooke Pentland, Asmawati Hamad, James Mason-Douglas and Tahmid Rahman, with Jonathan Prest

A smart idea from a team of young entrepreneurs has impressed judges in an annual enterprise challenge.

Team Lumiere, from Emmanuel College, came a close second place with their smart watch that monitors exposure to ultraviolet light and alerts the wearer to dangerous levels.

The device was designed to help reduce the thousands of new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the UK each year.

The team of Stefanie Graham, Brooke Pentland, Asmawati Hamad, James Mason-Douglas and Tahmid Rahman, won £100 in the ESF Business Game, a competition involving the four secondary schools in the Emmanuel Schools Foundation.

Twelve Year 9 teams made the finals, which were hosted for the first time by Emmanuel College, and had to present their business to the judges, Dr Simon Goon, director of BE Group, business education consultant Tracy Allison, Sarah Douglas of Gateshead Council and Jonathan Prest, managing director of Communicator.

Each team could choose from seven briefs including developing a new product of wearable technology, a healthy ready meal for children, a new app for the education market and a useful product for pet owners.

Every product or service had to support a charity and the teams created a website and other assets to support their business.

They were judged on the originality of their ideas, the quality of their presentation, potential profit, social objectives and their overall professionalism.

Lumiere’s finance director Stefanie Graham said: “I feel really proud because there were some amazing ideas.”

Tahmid Rahmam, who first came up with the idea of the device, said: “I saw a documentary about skin cancer and thought this might be a way to help reduce it.”

Head of business and IT at Emmanuel College, Steve Robson, who organised the event, said: “The students came up with some very creative ideas and put in a huge amount of hard work. It’s not easy to stand up and speak in front of a panel of judges and then be questioned by them, and all the students did a great job.”

College principal Matt Waterfield added: “This is just one competition where all our schools come together to do something innovative and challenging. Although our schools are as far apart as Doncaster and Blyth we have community, serving one another, working together and striving for excellence in common.

“We are committed to providing all our students with opportunities like this to help build confidence and develop character and, on this occasion, the students really rose to the challenge.”