Our Dragons’ Den competition encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Ridgeway’s very own version of Dragons’ Den challenged students in Year 9 and Year 10 to develop a business idea in two weeks, at the end of which time they were expected to deliver a presentation, demonstrating why their idea was unique and why it would be profitable.
The judges (Ridgeway’s very own ‘dragons’) had the difficult task of picking a winner from a crop of fantastic ideas and presentations.
The winning idea was pitched to the ‘dragons’ by Year 10 students Alisha Layfield, Sadia Qureshi and Maisy Palin, who came up with Cinemates, a school-based cinema aimed specifically at students.
Mr Monaghan said: “This competition highlights the creativity and entrepreneurial skills that students at Ridgeway possess. In my opinion – and in the opinion of Mr Slane – the standard of presentations was the best we have yet seen. Cinemates were deserving winners: they demonstrated a clear vision, created a marketing strategy and had a business model and plan that were detailed and innovative.
I would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated: your hard work and enthusiasm were evident throughout.”
The top-three entries were:
- Sweet Scents
- Matthew’s Cakes