Students from Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region gathered at Visions Restaurant at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in Christchurch last night for the annual Dragons’ Den event, one of the main events in the Young Enterprise Scheme calendar.
Modelled on the popular television programme of the same name, the event gave participating teams of students the opportunity to pitch their business idea to one of two panels of expert judges, each having experience in the business sector.
Teams had just five minutes to present and impress the judges with their product idea, business plan and if possible a prototype, followed by extra time to allow the judges to ask questions of the team members and offer advice.
With students participating from a number of schools in Christchurch and Canterbury, product ideas included earthquake jewellery, a frost protection car windscreen cover, and labelled tags for winemakers to attach to vines.
In addition, two teams from Rangiora High School (Moosick) and Avonside High School (Inspyre) pitched an album of original songs from their school as part of the Enterprising Music Competition (EMC), a joint programme for New Zealand Secondary Schools run by Play It Strange and the Young Enterprise Scheme. Jeff Fulton, Enterprising Music Competition Co-coordinator and mentor to both teams was “very impressed” with Moosic and Inspyre’s presentations in particular, saying “...they were both well-prepared and had innovative promotional plans, with a clear vision of where they were heading for the rest of the year”.
Awards were given at the end of the presentations, including two overall winners and runners-up (one from each room), as well as awards for each of the categories. Flatpack Farming from Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Romulus from St. Thomas of Canterbury College were awarded the overall winners, with Moosick from Rangiora High School and Enigma from Avonside Girls’ High School the runners-up. Judith Tatom, the Canterbury Young Enterprise Scheme coordinator from CORE Education was pleased with how the evening went, saying that “...a lot of teams had to put in time and effort outside of school hours and it was impressive to see how dedicated so many of them are”.
YES Canterbury contact
Canterbury Young Enterprise Scheme Co-coordinator, CORE Education
Mobile: 021 722 849
Marketing and Communications Officer, CORE Education
Mobile: 027 406 3288