Birmingham, UK — 28th September 2017 — This Wednesday, Entrepreneurial Spark–the accelerator powered by Natwest–hosted the 1776 Challenge Cup in their Birmingham hub. The Challenge Cup is a global competition for the world’s most promising startups, and School of Code, along with 8 other companies, pitched for their place to win an all-expenses paid trip to New York to compete again on a global stage.
Head of Marketing Nicola Cronin pitched her way to the final in front of a Dragon’s Den-style judging panel and a public audience. The panel consisted of Tamlyn Jones from the Birmingham Post, Lisa Ward from Mercia Technologies, David Hardman from Innovation Birmingham, and Aanisah Begg from Midven. Each company pitched for 1 minute, followed by 3 minutes of questions from the judges. The entrant companies ranged from educational technology, to electric car brokers, to wall-painting robots, with participants travelling from around the UK to compete. Finalists School of Code, Learnium, Mirrador, Fuel Included, and Sona Circle faced a further 5 minutes of questions from the judges, before they announced School of Code as winners. Nicola will be going to New York City 13th – 17th November 2017 to pitch at Challenge Festival against 75 other companies:
I’m very excited to have won the opportunity to travel to New York to compete in the global final. It will be an incredible experience and a chance to meet innovative people and businesses from all over the world.
Best of luck to Nicola and School of Code for the final.
About School of Code
School of Code is a company dedicated to getting more and different people benefiting from technology. They have created an online multiplayer platform that uses teamwork and collaboration to teach users to code as they play. As well as this, the company is currently running their first coding Bootcamp in Birmingham, taking 19 individuals from beginner to software developer in just 16 weeks.