The LionHeart Challenge is a Nationwide Enterprise Programme, acclaimed by Sir Howard Davies MBE (former Director of the London Shool of Econmoics & Political Science) and was chosen as a National Flagship by the National Learning & Skills Council for Enterprise. During the last few years the programme has been delivered to over 250,000 pupils up and down the 9 regions of the country.

It involves students partaking in a high energy and high impact Business Challenge which is ran in a period of one working day within a school setting, and is delivered by our in-house trained, highly skilled and dedicated business coaches.

Each challenge day commences with the announcement of a cutting edge; highly technical economic theme of national importance. On receiving the challenge theme the student teams, comprising of ten non-friendship groups must come together and work as a team and in line with their business coaches mentoring and their understanding and use of pre-printed structured materials that LionHeart provide, develop a comprehensive business proposal.

I was invited to be a business coach, mentor and judge for the LionHeart Challenge at the University of Central Lancashire.

On the day I mentored students and instructed them on the marketing portion of the challenge and then judged their performance and business plans.

At the end of the day’s challenge, I and the rest of the judging panel deliberated and marked each of the student teams projects and selected a winning pitch and team.

The first place award will be rolled out as a initiative by Preston County Council and trophies were awarded to multiple categories at the end of the day.

As well as offering my insights during the challenge, I also learned from the students and the other members of the judging panel who were all experts in their respective fields.


University of Central Lancashire.


LionHeart Challenge.

What I did

Judging Panel • Education • Mentoring

Employability and Life Skills

Confidence, Ambition, and a practical workplace understanding.