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  • It's an opportunity like no other.

  • From every corner of the country,

  • taking their first steps on a life-changing journey,

  • Britain's youngest aspiring entrepreneurs.

  • To underestimate me would be the most silly thing somebody could do.

  • I may look like a five foot one blonde angel, but inside

  • I have the heart of a lioness, who will take on

  • anybody in her opposition.

  • I know that I'm a natural leader.

  • Men are like dogs, you have to show them who their boss is,

  • and then they'll follow.

  • I think my drive and determination comes from the fact my parents

  • didn't want me to have a life like they had.

  • Because they've always struggled,

  • I wanted my own money and my independence.

  • Thousands applied.

  • 12 were chosen.

  • My biggest achievement in life would be my GCSE results.

  • I managed to get 11 A-stars, which I was naturally quite pleased with.

  • I started my first business at the age of nine,

  • so I really do think that it's just grown on me,

  • and become a natural instinct.

  • Waking up in the morning and owning a business

  • are the same thing for me.

  • They'll battle it out for the ultimate kick start

  • to a career in business -

  • an investment worth £25,000.

  • But to succeed, they'll have to impress the boss - Lord Sugar.

  • I know everything. I've seen everything, I've done everything.

  • East End boy done good, he left school at 16.

  • Over 40 years on, he's still at the top of his game,

  • with a vast business empire.

  • Has everybody signed on to the fact that this task

  • was all about making money?

  • He'll put these budding teenage tycoons through

  • a rigorous selection process.

  • I'm sweating like a pig at the butcher's!

  • Is there any way that you can possibly push the price down?

  • Those sort of comments are poor, from a project manager.

  • 12 candidates.

  • Bottom line is, you totally went off the rails, here.

  • You're acting like an idiot. You kept shouting over him.

  • Guys, let it go, let it go, seriously.

  • - Eight weeks. - Well done!

  • - That's pants. - That's a massive problem.

  • I was really angry, do you know what I mean?

  • Don't dodge the question, did you lose control of the task?

  • One winner.

  • With regret, you're fired.

  • You're fired.

  • You're fired.

  • 10am.

  • The boardroom.

  • You can go through to the boardroom now.

  • - Good morning. - ALL: Good morning, Lord Sugar.

  • Welcome to my boardroom.

  • You've done tremendously well to get here, today,

  • out of thousands and thousands of people.

  • In a funny way,

  • I feel quite privileged to have you in front of me,

  • because, so far, none of you have walked in with your smartphones.

  • For the next eight weeks,

  • the only way you're going to be using phones is for business.

  • Not for playing Angry Birds.

  • Because that'll make me angry,

  • and you don't want to make me angry, I can assure you.

  • It's never been harder than now for young people, like you,

  • to try and find yourself a job.

  • You pick up the newspapers, and as you can see,

  • there are lots of companies going to the wall,

  • there's even countries on the verge of bankruptcy.

  • I believe that it is young entrepreneurs, like you,

  • that will bring the prosperity back to our country.

  • Now, here's a little warning.

  • I don't like teacher's pets, and I don't like school bullies.

  • This is about the real world.

  • I'm not making you sit exams, the only grade you'll get here is F,

  • for fired.

  • Now, I might remind you of your granddad.

  • Here's the main difference.

  • You're lucky if your granddad gives you

  • a fiver in an envelope at Christmas time.

  • I'm going to give you £25,000 to use to further your business ambitions.

  • That's what you're playing for here.

  • Right, so, now, I've got your CVs here, so let me see.

  • What have we got, amongst you lot?

  • Maximilian Joseph Anthony Semasko Grodecki.

  • No-one's going to hack your username, then, are they?

  • I'll call you Max. What kind of things have you been dabbling in?

  • I run sort of a little mini enterprise, which deals

  • on one hand with vintage clothes, and on the other hand with collectables.

  • Good.

  • - David. - Yeah? - My God.

  • Well. Whoa. What a CV we've got here.

  • You're the chair of this,

  • the chair of that, the chair of something else.

  • - Of course. - You're the chair of everything.

  • Let's hope your colleagues don't just sit on you. Well done.

  • They won't.

  • - That's a nice outfit you've got on there, sunshine. - Thank you.

  • Yeah, very nice outfit on, there.

  • - I hear you're into fashion, is that right? - I am.

  • Nothing wrong with that. They all start young.

  • Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior - who are you?

  • Patrick McDowell.

  • Patrick McDowell, actually, has a very nice ring to it.

  • A Patrick McDowell.

  • You might make me a suit, one day.

  • - Hopefully. - Yeah.

  • And, Maria, what's your moneymaking skills?

  • Well, basically, I'm not going to beat around the bush,

  • I'm 17 years old, I'm not an established entrepreneur,

  • but I really pick up on ideas.

  • If I see something, if something needs done, I do it.

  • That's, like, my work ethic.

  • You said you're 17 years old, so don't expect too much of me.

  • Actually, that's exactly when I started my business.

  • When I was 17 years old.

  • Whatever you see now, whatever I've ever done,

  • started from those little acorns.

  • So, there's nothing wrong with being 17, in fact,

  • I'm a bit surprised you haven't started already.

  • OK. So, now, let's get down to business.

  • Now, your first task is a very, very interesting one,

  • and it's all about rags to riches.

  • Now, I've got you a tonne each of discarded clothes.

  • And your task is to go through them, pick the good stuff,

  • and sell it in the marketplace.

  • And the team that comes in with the biggest profit will win,

  • and the team that loses, at least one of you will be fired.

  • I'm going to make it simple for myself, initially.

  • I'm going to have the teams as boys and girls.

  • Karren will be following the boys' team,

  • and Nick will be following the girls' team.

  • I've got you a very, very nice house.

  • I don't want any trouble from the neighbours.

  • - So, everything clear? - ALL: Yes, Lord Sugar.

  • Yeah? Right, good. OK, well, off you go to the house.

  • Go and get to know each other, and I'll see you back here

  • in this boardroom, in a few days' time,

  • and we'll find out which team has won.

  • - OK? - ALL: Thank you, Lord Sugar.

  • - You can't learn business from a textbook. - No, no, no. You can't.

  • Business Studies teachers all around England

  • will disagree with you, right now.

  • 'I'm like a firework.'

  • I'm fun, I'm colourful, I'm creative,

  • and once I get going, there's no stopping me.

  • I think that power just gravitates towards me.

  • - Fair enough. - Yeah.

  • 'Not only am I academic,'

  • I'm social, I'm economical,

  • I'm philosophical.

  • Everything that you can think of, I am it.

  • - These houses are... God. - Unbelievable.

  • Let's get the biggest room.

  • Hampstead, north London.

  • Home, for the next eight weeks, a luxury mansion.

  • Let's go, let's go!

  • We've got a walk-in wardrobe!

  • - Push. - Thank you very much.

  • Games room.

  • 'I think it inspires you, coming to'

  • a house like this, to think that,

  • one day, I could own something like this.

  • But for now, it's down to business.

  • First, both teams need a name.

  • I was thinking of something like "Platinum".

  • My only concern with Platinum is that it just sounds a bit

  • cliche, like we're the best, like, platinum.

  • I've had an idea, but it's a bit strange, it's Latin,

  • and it's called "Ex Nihilo"

  • and it means something from nothing.

  • - Yeah, no, I like Platinum. - I think we should go for Platinum.

  • - Shall we do that? - Yeah. - It's easy, it's simple. Team Platinum.