Next Big Thing (NBT) is a business and entrepreneurship development programme and competition for 16-18 year olds that educates, inspires and supports young people to unlock their potential.

Participants work with business mentors to develop a business idea over seven weekly sessions.

The programme culminates in a Dragons’ Den style final involving two or three schools at an inspiring venue. On finals day, teams are coached by professional actors who work with them to hone their presenting skills. Teams then present their business idea to a panel of judges drawn from a range of business backgrounds.

The prize for the winning team is an investment of up to £1,000 in their business or social enterprise and a programme of support to turn the idea into a reality.

Please contact us if you are able to make a donation to the development of NBT’s work, if you are a school wishing to participate or an entrepreneur or business person who would like to act as a mentor.

Our aims are:

  • To educate, inspire and support 16-18 years olds to unlock their potential, appealing both to those whose strengths lie in coursework and “learning by doing” and also those students keen to continue to higher education.
  • To provide technical, practical and vocational learning in business and entrepreneurship, equipping young people with the knowledge skills and talents needed to be successful in starting their own business or in the employment market.
  • To provide meaningful engagement for schools and students with business mentors, entrepreneurs and employers. Many provide internships, work experience and job shadowing opportunities along with ongoing support to NBT participants.