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Winchester Business School support the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Winchester Business School welcome local students into the Dragon’s Den

Sixth Form students from across Hampshire taking part in Young Enterprise’s Company Programme brought their business ideas to the Winchester Business School on 18th November 2015.


After a welcome from Professor David Birks, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport and Director of the Winchester Business School, the students had the opportunity to attend a number of workshops led by key staff from the Business School looking at topics such as Sustainable Innovation, Marketing and Finance.  They then had 3 minutes to pitch their business plan to a panel of expert judges, who then decided which companies deserved investment.

The judging panel consisted of:

Paul Jennings, Head of Department of Accounting and Investment

Dr Mark Lowman, Head of Department for Marketing and Innovation

Dr Adam Palmer, Head of Department for Global Issues and Responsible Management

Judges agreed that the standard of the presentations was very good and that students were able to articulate their business ideas well.  They were particularly impressed where Business Teams had accounted for ethical considerations in sourcing their raw materials and supply chain, and where ideas were both innovative and sustainable. Judges also commented on the fantastic opportunity that Young Enterprise offers students to develop their creative thinking and entrepreneurial business skills and experience.

The top prize was awarded to Team Indulgent from Barton Peveril College, who are producing and marketing premium candles.

Team Kestrade from King Edwards School Southampton and Team Sonar also from Barton Peveril College were awarded second and third prizes

Other teams participating were from Richard Taunton College, Winchester College, St Vincent’s College ad South Downs College

The students are taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme. As the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity, this year 26,000 students across the UK are taking part in the Company Programme.  Students set up their own business and run it for an academic year under the guidance of volunteer business mentors.