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Zero to Hero

Learn new skills and develop your potential.

Zero to Hero is a flexible and unique fundraising competition created and shaped by the imagination of your employees.

What is Zero to Hero?

Zero to Hero is an exciting fundraising competition that offers your employees the chance to put their entrepreneurialism to the test, gain skills and help transform young lives. Plan a fundraising initiative as a team and compete against other teams within your company to see who can raise the most for The Prince's Trust.

Run the challenge for one day only or over three months  it's up to you!

How does it work?

Each team works together to decide on a fundraising initiative, work out how they’ll practically go about raising the money and who will take on each role. Innovation, creativity and teamwork are vital if teams are to succeed. 

This learning and development tool can be integrated into graduate and internship schemes, or into leadership development frameworks as an engaging team programme to grow key skills.

What are the benefits to your company?

  • Engage, inspire and motivate your staff
  • Work with The Prince's Trust to design a bespoke challenge that fits in with your business needs and objectives
  • Reduce the cost of training while delivering continued personal development by working closely with a Trust account manager
  • Develop employees' vital skills such as project management, innovation, decision-making, strategic thinking, leadership, communication and teamwork
  • Raise your public profile and demonstrate your company's commitment to corporate responsibility.
Zero to Hero has been an overwhelming success for Ricoh, and has provided multiple benefits to our business and employees, including developing key business and interpersonal skills and internal team building, with a resulting increase in employee engagement. For Ricoh, this has been a perfect win-win situation - with both young people and our business benefitting positively.
Rebekah Wallis, Director - People & Corporate Responsibility, Ricoh UK Ltd

Zero to Hero success stories

Ricoh UK’s team raised an impressive £12,500, using Ricoh technology to increase employee engagement


Comprised of 18 representatives from across their Leadership Framework, three teams planned various activities - an interactive quiz in which nearly 200 employees across the country took part, a static cycle ride at the base of Ricoh’s office in Broadgate Tower, London, and a sponsored 20 mile walk going over 12 of London’s most famous bridges and meeting X-Factor singers along the way.

HP Leadership Team integrated Zero to Hero into their team strategy day, raising £16,000


HP’s Enterprise Group EMEA Leadership Team raised an astonishing £16,600 for The Prince’s Trust in just three hours, pushing their entrepreneurial skills to the limit. 20 leaders from across Europe, Middle East and Africa elected to give up three hours of their time to support The Prince’s Trust. Some of the innovative ideas the teams came up with included selling makeshift raffle tickets between them to win £56 in seed fundraising (the equivalent of one week’s Jobseekers’ Allowance for an unemployed young person), auctioning off HP hardware amongst staff and leveraging their high-value networks to solicit individual donations to their online fundraising pages.

NatWest interns raised over £29,000 in a 24-hour Zero to Hero Entrepreneurial challenge

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As part of their summer internship scheme, 250 NatWest interns took on the entrepreneurial challenge to raise the most money in 24 hours. Located across the UK, teams of eight took part in a variety of activities from ‘selfie’ challenges, cycle rides, a silent auction and even setting up a market stall in the centre of London. The teams competed from 5pm to 5pm, spreading awareness of The Prince’s Trust in their communities and raising vital funds to support young people.

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