The Perse School

Switched-on Perse students win Making Business Happen award

17 Jul 2018

Lower Sixth students George Palozzi and Hal Bartlett have won the Making Business Happen national final for business and enterprise, sponsored by NatWest and run by the University of South Wales.

After making the shortlist of six entrants, George and Hal competed against pupils from schools from across the country and had to present their business plan to a panel of five industry experts.

They designed the Chispa Switch – a universal switch that can convert an existing device or appliance into a smart device without the cost of upgrading. For example, transforming a standard oven, washing machine, kettle or light switch into a device that can be controlled remotely.

They said: “We are really pleased to win this award and have our hard work recognised. We weren’t sure whether we were ready to enter the awards, but we are so pleased we did.

“The experience gained and the advice given from the judges has been invaluable. We hope to continue to develop our product alongside our studies.”

Professor Jonathan Deacon, of USW’s faculty of business and society, said: “George and Hal are a shining example of entrepreneurial spirit. The judges were impressed with their business planning detail and clear vision to adapt old and new technology to the end user.”

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