National Entrepreneur of the Year 2020




The National Entrepreneur of the Year competition is one of the key highlights of the Peter Jones Foundation’s year and is exclusively open to graduating students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Network. The Finalists, who have each started a business whilst studying at an Academy, are given the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors – including Peter Jones CBE himself.

The winner of the competition is awarded £5,000 to invest in their business and the ongoing mentoring and support they need to scale their venture.

Meet the finalists

    • Erin Roche

    • Founder, Bright New Starts, Accrington Academy
    • Ailbe Bartlett

    • Founder, CogNative Bikes, Millfield School
    • Sam Prince

    • Founder, Heathen Strength Wear, East Durham College
    • Johnnie Hobbs

    • Founder, GymGain, Canterbury Academy
    • Megan Parfitt

    • Founder, Eat Your Dinner Trivia, Folkestone College

Meet the Judges

    • Peter Jones CBE

    • Founder, Peter Jones Foundation
    • Dean Richmond

    • Founder, Pets Corner
    • Debbie Wall

    • Executive Vice President, Sage Foundation
    • Darragh O’Sullivan

    • Founder, DOS & CO., Trustee CET