Lochaber High School girls hope to invest their way to competition success

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Girls from Lochaber High in Fort William are to battle it out with rivals from across Scotland in a contest to prove they can be the next stars of the investment industry.

Students from Lochaber High School, Fortrose Academy, Millburn Academy in Inverness and Tain Royal Academy are among more than 70 teams from 48 schools taking part in the Growing Future Assets Competition, designed to nurture a future generation of female investment experts.

The contest, which aims to introduce senior girls to the world of investment and its range of careers, sees the teenagers vying to spot the next big investment opportunity. And it has ignited fierce competition this year with entries up by 300 per cent.

Financial educators Future Asset are challenging 320 girls, divided into teams of 13-18-year-olds to research, analyse and pitch a company they think will be a great long-term investment.

The youngsters are paired with a mentor from an investment company to provide advice, inspiration and career insights and have the chance to attend online masterclasses as they develop an understanding that good investing focuses on a company’s long-term prospects, profits and sustainability. Experts from journalism and business are also advising the teenagers.

Now in its third year, the competition features a senior contest for years S5 and S6 and a junior challenge for S3 and S4.

The teams of three to six girls will present their case in a research report and three-minute pitch by November 30. The top teams will then deliver an extended pitch to judges at the final in March next year.

At stake is £1,000 for the winning senior school and £200-worth of vouchers of the students’ choice for each team member and £800 for the best junior school and £150-worth of vouchers each.

Senior and junior runners-up receive £500 and £100 of vouchers and £400 and £75 of vouchers, respectively.