Roman Ridge School wins Lancaster Business Challenge

The Think Tank Team of the Roman Ridge School won the 2nd edition of the Lancaster University Business Cup Challenge held in Accra.

The winning team walked away with a 50% scholarship to study at Lancaster University (Ghana campus) along with GHS 5,000.

The IQ team from British International School was 1 st runner-up and received 30% scholarship along with GHS 3,000 and the 2 nd runner up was Wey Gey Hey 1 from Wesley Girls Senior High School, which took home 20% scholarship with GHS 2,000 in cash prize.

All other participants received a 10% scholarship to Lancaster University-Ghana

Under the Lancaster University Business Cup Challenge, students are encouraged to review and implement real-life business plans, analyse critical business scenarios and present their cases to an academic and professional panel of judges which consisted of Prof. John Grainger – Provost of Lancaster University, Ghana, Yaw Busia – Lecturer at Lancaster University, Ghana, Randolph Rodrigues – Head of Investment Banking at Stanbic Bank, and Frank Hagan Brown – Trade Advisor from the British High.

A total of 72 teams from 20 schools participated in the competition out of which 10 teams were selected for the finals. Teams were awarded scores according to the set criteria by the panel. Each team consisted of four or five students from the same school.

During the finals, all 10 teams were allocated a maximum of 20 minutes each to present a pitch they developed on their various products.

In an interview with Prof. John Grainger, he stated “With what I have seen today, we stand a very good chance of putting Ghana on the map of global business leaders with our young people. These are people who are coming through to be the leaders of tomorrow. The way they hold themselves, the way they put together good presentations and they pride themselves in the schools that they come from, I must admit was very surprised by the number of young ladies that took part in the programme and they seem to be very creative and very well spoken”.

The winning team mentioned in an interview that their victory was due to a lot of research, sacrifice, teamwork and open-mindedness.

The Business Cup Challenge is a unique marketing plan competition designed to challenge high school students and launch them into the business world at a young age while developing new business ideas and gaining valuable knowledge.

The competition was sponsored by Stanbic Bank and Lancaster University, Ghana, in partnership with the Daily Guide newspaper, Joy News and Global Media Alliance and supported by the British High Commission.

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