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Dragons Apprentice Challenge 2020

June 2020

As part of the Business and Economics departments extra-curricular, we encourage our students to participate in the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge a national competition run by CVSBEH. This year we entered two teams of students from year 12/13. Students have four months to start up a business and make as much profit as possible for their designated charities. Each team works closely with a business mentor, who guides them on design, distribution, sales, marketing and finance for their chosen business start-up.

Our Business Start Ups this year were:

"Treat Time" - A online bakery which specialises in vegan/gluten free/sugar free treats. As well as their online presence with their website and Instagram account, Treat Time maximised sales by selling products at various Christmas markets, including Van Hages, where they were very successful and sold out of many of their product lines. Treat Time was praised for having a strong brand identity with an excellent logo and packaging.

The business was run by two of our young entrepreneurs Joely Munday and Aleesha Dunbar who with their excellent business knowledge and creative talents, were winners in the following categories:

Most Innovative Business Idea - Joely Munday and Aleesha Dunbar

Best Managed Project - Joely Munday and Aleesha Dunbar

Best Business Pitch Presentation - Joely Munday and Aleesha 

Both Aleesha and Joely worked extremely hard in creating and running their business. Their business mentor and sponsor at VolkerWessels UK said "Joely and Aleesha are the most professional and hard working young entrepreneurs I have had the pleasure of working with, they certainly have a strong future in business". 

As their teacher I am extremely proud of their hard work and professionalism throughout the competition and thoroughly deserved to win. Very well done!

Our second Businesss start-up was a social enterprise event management business. The team worked closely with local primary schools to organise and run the school's Christmas activities. This included Christmas Markets, Father Christmas visits and Christmas parties. "The Enterprise Co." was started and run by Chris Bakalis, Freddie Ward, Giorgio Daniel, Yaseen Islam and Emil Copuroglu, who collectively worked hard to deliver lots of exciting events for the children at our local schools. All the entrepreneurs worked extremely hard, however, Giorgio was successful in winning the business award category for:

Outstanding Individual - Giorgio Daniel

I am extremely proud to have such innovative and hardworking students studying business. Very well done!

It goes without saying that this has been a very challenging year for our business entrepreneurs competing in this year’s competition. Completing the project and making such a great success of their achievements is testimony to their determination, tenacity, creativity and focus.

To view photos from some of the events click here

Mrs K Lamb