Business students crowned Enterprise Challenge winners

A student company, Not a Pot, has won South Eastern Regional College’s (SERC)  PBL (Project Based Learning) Enterprise Challenge 2023 competition.

After fierce competition, Not a Pot, based in the college’s Bangor Campus, were crowned champions, with each member receiving  a Lenovo tablet. The team comprised Jonah and fellow Level 3 Business students Rebeka Jaunlinia (18) from Bangor, 17 year-olds Natan Wallis-McKimm and Josh Routledge, also from Bangor.

Not a Pot takes pre-loved clothing and accessories and turn them into quirky plant holders bursting with personality. At the heart of Not a Pot’s mission is reducing plastic waste and using circular economy principles in the development of their fun-filled product.

Nine finalist groups went head-to-head to pitch their business ideas to the judges – Matt Gillespie, Urban Excel; Nancy Brown, Ulster University; Robert Ferguson, Four Gears Media; and Liz Barron,Screen Skills NI –  in a Dragons’ Den style final. The winning team needed to demonstrate how their idea was innovative, creative and involved strong teamwork with the viability of the business idea also taken into consideration.

The runners up were SERC student companies Anti-Spike and Nicotine Nemesis, both based in Downpatrick Campus, whose members each received wireless earphones.