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I was invited yesterday to be a Dragon at the final of the inter school ‘Big Business Pitch Enterprise Day’. I have mentioned in previous Blogs, it has been great to see the imagination and potential of some of the students who are working their way through the education sector.

The final was held at Highsted Grammar School, Sittingbourne, with finalists from Highsted, Spires Academy and Folkestone School for Girls. Some great ideas were pitched and the five Dragons (me included) were impressed with the quick response of some of the students when questioned under pressure. All ideas were well presented but the overall winner was ‘Time to Travel’ from Folkestone School for Girls whose pitch was for an App that used GPS on your smart phone to tell you what public transport was available in respect to your location and when there were delays or changes. Runners up were Highsted Grammar School with ‘Mocromasters – Easy Find’; a charm that could be personalised and attached to things that you lose (such as keys, phones, etc) and tell you where they are when you mislay them.

The Dragons felt that a prize also needed to be award for social enterprise to ‘Chance To Be’ of Spires Academy. Although not a real business opportunity, it was a pitch to have a mobile youth club which travelled from town to town for kids who had nothing to do. It gave them a chance to be part of something bigger – cap of to these guys for realising that social innovation is as important as the big money making ideas.

Congratulations to all the finalists and I look forward to seeing you all succeed in whatever you decide to do.