Your pulse races and your heart pounds in your chest as you enter the Dragons’ Den for a confrontation that will make or break your precious business idea. This is the experience afforded to over 90 Year-9 students during December’s flexible learning day as the Business & Economics Department held their inaugural Dragons’ Den challenge.
A total of 18 teams – who had developed and nurtured their product or service ideas throughout the autumn term, utilising a range of tried and tested business techniques – entered the Dragons’ Den to present their ideas to a group of formidable dragons. This group of dragons included three members of the Gloucestershire Growth Hub, who spend every day helping Gloucestershire’s local businesses to realise their potential and grow, as well as our very own Mr Ellicott and Mr Locke.
The dragons were highly impressed by all of the teams and their business ideas; Karlee Jarvis of the Gloucestershire Business Hub commented: “Wonderful presentations and innovative ideas from your motivated and creative students.” The overall winners were Team Piezo, who developed a highly innovative, creative and beautifully-designed product to help busy business people to charge their mobile devices on the move.
Team Piezo, proud winners of the Business & Economics Departments’ inaugural Dragons’ Den challenge. From left to right, James Burchell; Calum Roe; Pablo Mooney; and Henry Rayner. Their idea was a revolutionary and ecologically sound way of charging mobile devices on the move. Please take a look at our winners below, plus a selection of photographs from the event.