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Circular success for young entrepreneurs

Last week, Young Enterprise Scotland hosted the second final for their Circular Economy Challenge after a successful first round of business ideas were showcased at Hampden Park last year.

This time around, primary school pupils from across the West of Scotland pitched their circular business ideas at the Lighthouse in Glasgow – a brilliant venue which demonstrates Glasgow’s history in creating and innovating.

The Circular Economy Challenge takes place over six weeks and after an introduction to the circular economy including a tour of Young Enterprise Scotland’s site at Rouken Glen park featuring organic food growing and beekeeping initiatives, pupils are tasked with creating a circular solution to a problem facing our world. This newest group of young entrepreneurs came up with some fantastic ideas giving the five judges some tough decisions to make.


The Winning Ideas


Commercial Award sponsored by Circular Glasgow

Winning Idea: Waste Toys (a repair and recycle model for old toys) by Kelvindale Primary

Kelvindale pupils with judge Rebecca Ricketts from Circular Glasgow


Environmental Award sponsored by SEPA

Winning Idea: Zero Waste Warriors (biodegradable poop bags with lavender seeds) by St Mary’s in Alexandria

Zero Waste Warriors from St. Marys with judge Darren Wilson from Kabloom


Community Award sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

Winning Idea: Litter in the Spotlight (theatre company which uses waste for props and sets) by Kelvindale Primary

Kelvindale pupils with judge Nicola Whiteman from ZWS


Innovation Award sponsored by Young Enterprise Scotland

Winning Idea: Algo Green (algae roofing for city buildings) by St. Joseph’s in Busby

Algo Green winners with judge Geoff Leask from Young Enterprise Scotland

Overall Business Idea sponsored by Scottish Power Foundation

Winning Idea: Bee-Ware (bee friendly plant pots and refills) by Blacklaw Primary in East Kilbride

Blacklaw Primary pupils with judge Mike Thorton, Chair of Scottish Power Foundation

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