About Tycoon

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.

For more information please click on either the FAQs button at the top of the page or download the Teachers Support Guide below. 



I'm ready...Sign me up!

If you’re a teacher at a school in the UK, you can sign up now - for help signing up, download our Getting Started Tasklist here. For more in-depth guidance, download 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

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

  •  Lease 2 Learn, 2016
  • Pump It, 2017
  • Bottle Boutique, 2018
  • The Citrus Way, 2019
  • Wilbury's Wellbeing Heroes, 2021
  • Sambar JewelrySambar Jewelry, 2022
  • Anectote 2023Anectote, 2023