News - Dragons Den at Westwood College

Dragons Den 2014.pptxThe Dragons Den came to Westwood College recently, visiting for two days.  200 Year 9 students explored business ideas as part of their Enterprise Challenge Days, half of the group attended the first day, the remainder, the second day.

The College welcomed six real ‘dragons’ from local businesses including Britannia & Cooperative, Buckinghams Nursery, Vaultex and Westwood First School, who shared their business expertise with the students.

Each day began with students finding their ideal team role which they would adopt duringDragons Den 4 the course of the challenge. Teams were then presented with the task of developing an original idea to promote the College. Helped and encouraged at every stage by their ‘dragons’, students researched their proposal before creating models or illustrations of their product. The challenge also entailed forecasting likely costs and pricing, together with a prediction of the problems they may encounter.

At the end of the day, each team entered the ‘Dragons Den’ to pitch their idea to two of the dragons.  Student designs were impressive in their originality, with project ideas including a Westwood ‘app’, summer festival, school radio station and spooky ghost tours around the College.

Final votes were cast, winning teams announced and certificates presented.  The following morning, winners from both days had the opportunity to present their ideas to the College’s senior management who will decide if these ideas can be put into practice in the future.

The event was a real success, thanks to the energy and creativity of the students and the commitment and enthusiasm of all visiting dragons.Dragons Den 3.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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