Young people from Stockton Borough are hoping to impress the judges at the coveted regional finals of this year's Young Enterprise competition.
Stockton Council has been working with pupils from Teesside High School to design, develop and sell "Pocket Monsters."
Pocket Monsters are small purses which can be securely clipped within children's clothing to keep possessions like money and toys safe when they are playing.
Last month students from the independent school in Eaglescliffe were crowned the overall winner at a Young Enterprise Trade Fair at the Metro Centre in Newcastle.
Now they are preparing for the regional Young Enterprise competition and Stockton Council's Enterprise Culture project has provided £500 to help them pay the machinists they will need to help them meet an increasing demand for their product.
17 year old Lucy Tremlett, is one of the young people involved in developing the Pocket Monster project, she said: "Through our own experiences we found a gap in the market to produce a product that would keep personal possessions safe without having to worry about them. From just targeting our age range we came up with the new idea of the Pocket Monsters for children."
"The Pocket Monsters will be launched in the next few weeks and we are trying to attract as many customers as possible."
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: "We're committed to helping all our young people develop their entrepreneurial skills.
"There is so much talent across our Borough and we want to nurture it to ensure Stockton Borough leads the way, particularly in terms of the independent retail sector. Helping young people develop their skills and start considering entrepreneurship as a career option is a really important element of the Borough's economic development."
The regional Young Enterprise Final will take place in Durham on the 19 April.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Pocket Monsters should contact [email protected]