A total of 10 shortlisted teams from schools nationwide pitched their product ideas in front of their peers and an illustrious panel of judges including Sebastian Conran and Deutsche Bank’s Christoph Woermann at the Design Museum this week as part of Design Ventura.
In partnership with the Design Museum, Design Ventura is part of Deutsche Bank’s Born to Be youth engagement programme in the UK. It is designed to bring the business of design to life through an exciting and educational competition that develops enterprise and design skills amongst secondary school students.
This year's shortlist all successfully answered the brief for a 'handy' product retailing at under £10 to be sold in the Design Museum shop. Previous winning entries include a magnetic stationery holder and a moustache-shaped toothpaste squeezer. The overall winner for 2014 will be announced in February.
Christoph Woermann, Head of Marketing GTB said: “Over the years, the standard of schools’ products and pitches has reached an impressive level of commercial viability. Highly motivated students have consistently shown innovative and creative skills that will help them in their future careers, but even more importantly they have learnt to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely. That’s a truly winning combination and a powerful endorsement of Deutsche Bank’s continued engagement”.
Over 6,000 students developed their products and pitches with support and expert business advice from Deutsche Bank volunteers, as well as insights from the world of design and retail.