Brighton Girls was chosen to host the London School of Economics’ (LSE) Funding Competition finals. Our Year 10 students were invited to attend this Dragon’s Den style event as the shortlisted 14 pre-launch and live business founders pitched to a panel of industry experts and investors for mentoring and support to build, develop and scale their enterprises.

The GDST collaborates with LSE on our Sixth Form Leadership & Enterprise Diploma (LEAD), a unique programme that our Sixth Form students participate in.

The day began with a breakfast panel discussion about the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. Students asked questions and awarded a People’s Choice Award to the business idea they felt had the most potential.

The founders represented a diverse range of enterprises but technology and sustainability were common themes: from plant-based on-the-go breakfasts to inclusive microfinance in the developing world, and the world’s first ethical NFT subscription platform for creators and models. Six winners from the pitches were awarded a slice of the £20K prize and tailored mentoring package.

This was a brilliant event for students, inspiring them to develop their enterprising mindset so they can thrive in any career.

You can find out more about the LEAD programme at Brighton Girls Sixth Form here.