School pupils pitch their business ideas to ‘dragons’ at Dugdale Arts Centre

The Social Enterprise Dragons’ Den competition sees youngsters pitch their ground-breaking ideas to a panel of experts

The Dragons Den event

Young entrepreneurs across schools in Enfield participated in a Dragon’s Den style competition to spotlight their bright business ideas.

The Social Enterprise Dragons’ Den competition sees youngsters pitch their ground-breaking ideas to a panel of experts. Delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy and supported by Enfield Council, the event at Dugdale Arts Centre also offered the children a hands-on opportunity to run their own social enterprise, gaining invaluable real-life experience along the way.

Four schools in Enfield received high praise from the panel of ‘dragons’ consisting of Bobby Cato from Agile Tech Solutions, Gavin Cochrane from Cirrus Logic, James Archer from BGF Investment Management and Tim Sprinks and Louise Jackson from Enfield Council.

The participating teams included Craft Green from Southgate School, Hydr8 from Highlands School, Randomiser from Freshsteps Independent School, and Diverse Cookbook from Laurel Park School. All were tasked to provide a solution to the environmental or social issues they had identified.

Freshsteps Independent School was crowned the winner and took home the prize of £100. Laurel Park School followed as the runners-up. Highlands School was recognised as the ‘most creative pitch’ and Southgate School as ‘community champions’.

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Abdul Abdullahi, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Enfield Council is committed to nurturing the creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit of young people through engagement in positive activities like this. We are proud to support an initiative which not only empowers young minds but also to drives positive change in our community.”

The Social Enterprise Academy provides “transformational learning and development programmes” for people and organisations supporting social change. Since September 2022, it has been supporting young people in England and Wales, engaging 65 schools and over 1,000 young people across ten boroughs. 

Maya Wenzel, from Social Enterprise Academy, said: “One of my favourite parts of my job is being able to see the next generation of social entrepreneurs in action! I was blown away by the calibre of the initiatives presented at the Enfield Dragons’ Den – they all shared creative and thoughtful responses to local social and environmental issues and have a great future ahead of them.”

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