Seventy-two teams involving 966 students from 46 schools across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes were whittled down to one winner to represent the patch at the next stage of the Young Enterprise business competition.
A team called Future Booster, representing Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, in Aylesbury, pipped Sterling, from The Beaconsfield School, to the top prize, presented by David Rixon of Giles Foods, in Milton Keynes.
Future Booster researched real-life job experiences for a book to help young people look into careers appealing to them.
Judges from a range of sponsor companies grilled the eight teams and their mentors on their business plans, company reports, innovation and use of IT before the presentation of awards at the Berrill Theatre, at the Open University, on Friday.
The awards presented on the night were:
Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence, Milton Keynes Academy.
New Media Award, sponsored by Jump Off The Screen. Runner-up; Lightning, from Ousedale, Milton Keynes.
Best Innovative Product/Service, sponsored by the Open University. Runner-up: Vetro, Milton Keynes Academy. Winner: Future Booster
Best Use of IT. sponsored by Lights Out Computer Services. Winner: Nova, Dr Challoner’s High School and Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Chiltern Area.
Best Company Report, sponsored by Expion. Runner-up; Vetro. Winner; Future Booster.
Best Presentation, sponsored by CMI. Runner-up; Bolt, Wycombe High School. Winner; Sterling, The Beaconsfield School.
Best Trade Stand, sponsored by Vistus Technologies. Runner-up; Sterling. Winner; Bolt.
Best Overall Company, sponsored by Giles Foods. Runner-up; Sterling. Winner; Future Booster.
> Pictures courtesy Anna Hejnar, EAL Achievement Coach, The Milton Keynes Academy. www.flickr.com/photos/semi-anna