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Press release – February 2019 (courtesy Young Enterprise)

Last week students from schools across Dorset took part in a Dragon’s Den style competition in the bid to win additional investment for their companies. Run by Young Enterprise, in September 2018 students across the county were challenged to set up and run their own business for one academic year. This youth-led initiative is set out to educate young people on workplace readiness as well what it takes to build a successful career. As part of their journey, students receive weekly support and mentoring from local businesses.

On the evening we welcomed 9 companies who all pitched their innovative products. Student company ASCES, Year 10 from All Saints School, celebrated a particular success on the evening. As well as bagging a portion of the dragon’s money, the students also walked away with the ‘Teamwork’ award. Their innovative product is a portable mobile amplifier manufactured from wood, making it both eco-friendly as well as beach-friendly.

Special thanks to everyone who kindly invested their time and money to support our young people; Acconomy, Beales Gourmet, Borough of Poole, Christchurch Council, Humphreys Kirk Solicitors and PKF Francis Clarke.

The next step for our companies is the county final which is due to take place on Tuesday 30th April. Following this event our wining company will get the opportunity to progress onto the regional finals in Bristol and subsequently the international finals in Paris, France. Young Enterprise is part of an international movement aimed at equipping young people with the skills needed to succeed in the work place.

To find out more or get involved contact, Dorset Coast Area Manager.