Young business brains take on the dragons

Published Friday, 19 July 2019

East Northamptonshire’s finest young business brains put their skills to the test at the final of the 13th Business Dragons event, hosted by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC).

The competition held in July and organised by The East Northamptonshire College saw teams of young entrepreneurs from local schools - The Ferrers School, Huxlow Science College, Manor School Sports College and Rushden Academy pitch their ideas and excellent business plans to a panel of local Business Dragons.

The ‘Dragons’ included Peter Waddup (Director of The Leprosy Mission), Nikki Roberts (Manager of The Pavillion Youth Club), Helen Featherstone (Careers Consultant and Business Owner) and Emily Carrington (Head of Family Law at Franklins Solicitors).

The final, which was held at ENC on 11 July, gave the students the opportunity to present their original business ideas to the panel, having considered the design of the product, finance, staffing, manufacture, competition and profitability.

Each team was then quizzed by the Dragons on the benefit and effectiveness of their ideas, before a winner was announced.

The winning team trophy, supplied by East Northamptonshire Council, and presented by the Chairman of ENC, Cllr Dudley Hughes, went to Huxlow Science Academy. The team designed an app, called Huver, which lists all the available cleaning services in an area.

The aim is to have all the best options for cleaning in one space and those using the app can then compare the best deals, allowing for increased efficiency.

Rushden Academy were the runners up, who produced a new adult and children’s version of the classic Tic Tac Toe game which featured prizes for winners and challenges for those that lose.

Third place was awarded to another team from Huxlow Science Academy, who created a Radio Frequency ID tag for clothing and items that if lost can be ID’d through scanning of the tag using a smartphone app and returned to the rightful owner.

During the event, Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Dudley Hughes, said:

“It is important that young minds are encouraged to develop their ideas and acquire the business skills and knowledge that lead to being a successful entrepreneur.

"East Northamptonshire Council is pleased to host this year’s Business Dragons competition and, as previously, the standard of entries was brilliant and it is always great to see such young minds thinking of ideas that could change all of our lives. Well done to everyone who took part and we look forward to seeing these young people further develop their ideas.”