Young entrepreneurs from Greenacre school for girls in Surrey have been crowned champions of a national United Learning app competition.

The challenge tasked students across the multi-academy trust to design an educational app and then launch it online.

And it was Financial Helper, a team of four from Greenacre, which beat more than 1,500 other students.

Along with ten other finalists, they had to present a three-minute pitch to the judges to explain how their idea would work, why it was unique, and what impact they would expect it have.

Their winning concept was to educate young people on core financial concepts including tax, ISAs, student loans and credit card APRs in “easy to understand language”.

Olivia Barbara, from Financial Helper, says: “The final was quite daunting but it was really good fun. The most challenging part of it all was developing the idea for the app and working together to find compromises – I’ve learnt that teamwork is key.”

Pic: Team Financial Helper from Greenacre school

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