Tycoon Enterprise Competition

Tycoon is a unique national enterprise competition for students aged 6 to 18. Every participating team writes a business plan, is lent money, starts a business and trades, competing with other student companies through our a kickstarter style platform, in a safe and controlled environment.

The competition is split into four categories and is free to all schools and colleges. We provide goodwill start up capital, so only when student companies breakeven, do they repay their loan.


Tycoon Enterprise Resources

In response to the current situation (COVID-19) and the closure of schools across the country the Peter Jones Foundation has created a series of enterprise learning resources to support teachers, parents/guardians who are having to home educate their children. Whilst schools will be providing plenty of work, we wanted to offer an ‘extra-curricular’ opportunity to help your children continue to develop practical enterprise skills.

The Challenges are available for Primary and Secondary school students studying in the UK.  


I'm ready...Sign me up!

If you’re a teacher at a school in the UK, you can sign up now - Find out how to register here. You can also access our Teacher Support Guide here, complete with guidance and FAQs.

If you’re a student and want to take part, speak to a teacher at your school to get them signed up. You can remind them that it’s free!

If you work for a company that would like to support our work on the Tycoon Enterprise Competition, then please get in touch with us via tycoon@pjfoundation.org

Tycoon Telegraph

Here is Tycoon Telegraph #1 of the Spring 2020 Competition. Click here to see:

- Peter Jones' Top Three Tips for Selling

- Some of our favourite logos

- Updates from the blogs

Here is Tycoon Telegraph #6 of the Autumn 2019 Competition. Click here to see:

- Motivation Activity

- Trading checklist

- Updates from the blogs


Here is Tycoon Telegraph #5 of the Autumn 2019 Competition. Click here to see:

- Trading checklist

- Updates from the blogs

- PJ's Top Tips!

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5 Reasons to take part in Tycoon

  1. Free for schools and colleges to take part

  2. Fully resourced, with funding and learning resources provided

  3. Runs twice a year in the Autumn and Spring 

  4. Opportunity to attend a prestigious Tycoon Final, previously held at Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle

  5. Four categories with age groups from Primary School to Sixth Form

About the Peter Jones Foundation

The Peter Jones Foundation was founded in 2005 by successful entrepreneur and star of Dragons’ Den, Peter Jones CBE. We believe that with the right mix of support and opportunity, every young person has the potential to achieve great things and the right to a brighter future. We run a range of successful programmes that support young people around the world. To achieve our aims we deliver world-class enterprise education programmes, including our hugely successful Tycoon Enterprise Competition and the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. For further information on all of our programmes, please visit www.peterjonesfoundation.org

Past Winners

  • Funnelling 4 Fuel

    Overall Winner 2013

  • Retro Cycle and Ethical Print
    Overall Winner 2014

  • Tyre Fires of Tavistock
    Overall Winner 2015

  • Lease 2 Learn

    Overall Winner 2016

  • Pump It

    Overall Winner 2017

  • Bottle Boutique

    Overall Winner 2018