This activity is run in the UK by Young Enterprise, the UK's largest business and enterprise education charity.
Learning Objective: Observe the practices used in small, start-up businesses, through the active involvement, and day-to-day running of a small, start-up business.
We first set about coming up with a name, and after a significant amount of thought, named ourselves 'Alpha Innovations' and designed our logo (see above).
There were certain guidelines provided by Young Enterprise in which to adhere to, including the prohibition of processing online payments (stopping us from selling on ebay etc.).
Step 1: Idea formulation
Suggestions were made to produce an arduino-based electronic product, however, this too, was not exeptionally lucrative (mainly due to the amount of time involved).
That left us to consider our options, the product had to be relatively simple, and make use of equipment that we had acess to...
Our school's laser cutter proved to be one of the most useful pieces of equipment available to us, so why not make use of it's computer-controlled precision cutting power?
That is exactly what we did, deciding to produce a range of laser-cut acrylic jewelery, which could be made almost entirely by us.