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Meet our customers - Stepping into Business

Who are Stepping into Business?

Stepping into Business team
Stepping into Business team

We’re a social enterprise working with schools around the country developing enterprise and life skills in the next generation. Founded by Dylan McCarthy, Donna Irving and Dinah Turner in response to local demand to share our first programme delivered in a school in Manchester, we’re currently developing our successful classroom-based games and activities into an online offering, with funding from Innovate UK.

Our ambition: bring the real world into the classroom

Our main aim is to disrupt traditional education by bringing the real world into the classroom and complementing our current range of teacher-led products with cutting edge, fun digital games, which will engage and enthuse children about their learning.

Our enterprise app: making digital learning more accessible

We hope that our enterprise app will give more schools the benefit of this type of learning without a large financial or time investment, prompting them to also use one of our classroom programmes with their children and encourage these children to run a business for real in the future!

Innovate UK’s involvement

We were one of 15 successful companies, from almost 300 applicants, for an Innovate UK SBRI education-based competition, “Learning technologies”, which provided initial research funding aimed at bringing digital and education experts together.

Research says: ‘Yes, we want it!’

With this project we researched the feasibility and appetite for an enterprise app in schools. Based on the outcomes of this research, which was ‘Yes, we want it!’ we then applied for next stage funding to make the concept a reality, and we were delighted to be successful and gain a second investment of +£250k.

Getting the app right

Stepping into Business testing their app in the classroom

Stepping into Business testing their app in the classroom

This next phase of the project is extremely exciting. Using agile project management, working with our award-winning games designers, the app will be trialled, played and constantly tweaked based on feedback from the target players.

Measure the game’s impact

Stepping into Business at Brookburn school, encouraging teamwork
Stepping into Business at Brookburn school, encouraging teamwork

Our educational psychologists are helping us to measure the impact of the game with a diverse range of schools across the country to produce an end product, which will not only excite, but teach children about the various facets to running a business, and the effects that different decisions will have. We encourage children to fail and try again, learning and reflecting for their next attempt!

It’s an exciting time for educational technology

We are really pleased to be part of the first Innovate UK education competition, and we’re in great company. There are some really clever things going on in the world where companies are trying to change education for the better with technology.

The game will be ready to launch during the last quarter of 2016. Stay tuned for the updates.

Getting in touch

If you would like to find out more about Stepping into Business and our work with schools and learners of all ages, please visit our website: www.steppingintobusiness.org

Email us: hello@steppingintobusiness.org

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steppingintobusiness

And Twitter: @steppingintobiz

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