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Face the Challenge

Pitch your idea to a panel of judges to "win" project funding

Face the Challenge is a young entrepreneurs project that was piloted by the Jack Petchey Foundation in BASILDON and HARLOW.  We asked young people to pitch "Dragon's Den" style for funding for a group or community project of their choice.  We wanted them to identify an area of need, make a funding application and pitch ideas to a panel of experts.

Face The Challenge

Of all the applications received FIVE received funding upto a maximum of £2,000 towards their project!

The shortlisted groups also attended a specialist bootcamp where they recieved public speaking training to help them to pitch their idea and sell their project.

2014 Winning Projects:

Maru Karate Kai - Basildon

Awarded £1,500 for a confidence building programme for Year 7 students upon joining secondary school. They will run workshops in schools and use confidence building exercises and expert advice from their karate tutors to deliver the project.

Basildon Youth Council - Basildon

Awarded £2,000 to deliver their Cyber-Stop project to drive awareness and provide support for victims of cyber-bullying. They will create informative literature and a music video to spread awareness about the serious nature of the issue, and encourage young people to fight against it.

1st Kingsmoor Scouts - Harlow

Awarded £2,000 to develop Scouts information technology skills and undertake their photography and technology badges at the unit, using the funds to purchase new equipment and training.


Phoenix Theatre School - Harlow

Awarded £2,000 towards their Phoenix Youth Repertory Company. The project will offer performance, technical and directing opportunities for young people in up to four performances a year for schoolchildren in the Harlow area.


Razed Roof - Harlow
Awarded £1600 for their ‘Love the Planet’ project that combines theatrical opportunities with driving awareness about environmental issues. They will conduct workshops in a number of schools in Essex to engage with young people about climate change through the medium of drama.


Congratulations to everybody who took part in the 2014 Challenge!!

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