All schools who participate in the challenge will need to provide the start-up funding for its 10 teams. It is not envisaged 'cash' will be given to the children but instead each team will be awarded the money as a 'spending limit' and they must keep a set of 'profit and loss accounts' to track the use of this money. The only cash required by each team is a small 'float' to give change to customers when selling their products.

Teams can go into 'loss' or 'negative equity' but this will be underwritten by the participating school.