Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Young Entrepreneur/D&T - A Firm Hold on Revision: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Young Entrepreneur/D&T - A Firm Hold on Revision: Resources

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An apps company offers a model lesson in entrepreneurship.

As a toddler, George Burgess sold seashells collected on the beach during a family holiday in Florida to well-heeled tourists beside the hotel pool. By the age of 7, he had a soft drinks stall set up outside his home in London - he had quietly lifted the "product" from the fridge in the kitchen.

So perhaps it is no surprise that, by 17, George had become one of Britain's youngest entrepreneurs, developing educational mobile phone apps for student revision.

Two years on and EducationApps (www.educationapps.co.uk) is poised to launch 50 new apps for Common Entrance, GCSE, AS level and A level, most featuring more than 500 multiple-choice questions with detailed on-screen explanations if students select the wrong answer.

George, now 19, began working on the business while he was an A-level student at St Paul's School in west London. "Head of geography (at the time) Will Williams spotted me working on this in class, asked me what I was doing and went on to become something of a mentor," he says. "Then I found a freelancer in Pakistan to create the first geography GCSE app and signed up some of my teachers to write others."

In his gap year George considered travelling abroad, but instead worked full-time from his bedroom, expanding the business and raising a six- figure sum through his own marketing to employ two full-time staff. He also teamed up with BBC Active - a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson, the world's largest educational publisher. …

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