Winners announced at final of ‘Made in Portsmouth’ competition at Gunwharf Quays


A panel of Dragons Den-style judges were wowed by the business plans and innovative product ideas that were showcased by teams of students as part of the Made in Portsmouth project.

The initiative which launched on 1 February in collaboration with Landsec and Ahead Partnership, saw four groups of year ten students from three schools across the city competing to create unique tourist products that echo and represent the waterfront city.  

With the coaching and guidance of selected members from the Gunwharf Quays management team, the budding finalists pitched their merchandise with confidence and flare to the panel of professional judges. Products that were exhibited included Reusable Cotton Bags by the team from King Richard’s School, Portsmouth branded PopSockets and the ingenious invention of the Splushie from two teams from Portsmouth Academy.

Following the round of student led pitches, the winning idea that stood out for innovation, usability and financial viability was eventually chosen. The winning product was PuP Wristbands, proposed by pupils Harvey Frost, Leyton Courtney, Connor Spencer, Connor Sands, Robbie Lovell and Zach Clarke from Ark Charter Academy, supported by their teacher Ian Stannard. It reflected the brief perfectly, and the team will now be given funding to bring their product to the market, and selling space at Gunwharf Quays to launch their product to Portsmouth shoppers. Proceeds from the sales will then be going to the charity partners chosen by the team.

Stephanie Burras CBE, Chief Executive at Ahead Partnership, added: “The Made in Portsmouth initiative has been met with excitement from the students who have taken part. The invaluable coaching they have received from their assigned mentors from Gunwharf Quays has not only been useful for this brief but will be essential to help them develop within their chosen careers in the future. The vision and commitment of the business volunteers from Gunwharf Quays has helped these young people develop essential skills for employment and discover more about career and enterprise opportunities in Portsmouth, and we’d like to thank all of them for taking part and investing in this fantastic project.”

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