Overgate hails the Braveheart Challenge as a resounding success

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Overgate has hailed its partnership of The BraveHeart Challenge; a project that aims to nurture future generations of the city’s young entrepreneurs and business leaders, as a resounding success.

The Challenge saw the entire 3rd year group of pupils from St John’s High School take part in a day-long ‘high-energy’ workshop aimed at encouraging creative entrepreneurial thinking and sharpening their ability to succeed in the workplace.

St John’s was the first school in Tayside and only the second school in Scotland to take part in the BraveHeart Challenge, and leading business figures from across the country joined Malcolm Angus and the Overgate management team on the judging panel.

Competing teams of pupils were tasked in developing a Community Business Plan, with each team choosing a demographic of the local community who would benefit. These demographics included the elderly, the homeless, people with disabilities and single parents. Under the guidance of a mentor, the teams developed their business concept, including comprehensive financial and marketing strategies, to enable it to be taken to market.

Each team’s concept was formally presented on stage in front of the panel with two overall winners announced on the day as Overgate BraveHeart Champions. As well as claiming the title, the two winning teams receive an Overgate ‘experience day’ which includes a tour of the centre, a Q&A opportunity with Overgate’s management and a burger-making workshop at Five Guys.

As part of Overgate’s partnership commitment, the centre will remain in touch with St John’s High School and support where possible should the school decide to implement any of the pupils’ action plans.

Commenting, Malcolm Angus, Centre Manager of Overgate said;

“What a tremendous, inspiring day we all had at St John’s High School.

“The judging panel was hugely impressed by the quality of the Community Business Plans presented by the pupils and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet the teams.

“Overgate was delighted to support what was an exciting first for Tayside. The Braveheart Challenge is a fantastic, grass roots project that encourages creative entrepreneurial thinking, numeracy, literacy and financial education, as well as a range of employability and life skills.

“If the Challenge can inspire a generation of young people in Dundee and equip them with the skills required for the modern workplace then the positive benefits to society will be notable.”