Dragons' Apprentice Challenge

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Senior School pupils perform particularly strongly in regional business competitions. ISI Report, January 2015

Each year, the College enters teams of students from the Lower Sixth into the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, a regional, social enterprise competition.

The teams are matched up with a business (or Dragon) and local charity. The aim of the competition is to turn the seed capital of £100 into at least £1,000 for the charity. This can be achieved with the help of the Dragon, through regular business meetings and by organising events or sourcing and selling products at local trade fairs.

Each team begins the process by submitting a business plan and, once the deadline for raising funds has passed in January, must put together a written report and presentation. At the final presentation evening, the money earned is handed over to the charities and a range of prizes is awarded, from most original idea or best-dressed stall to most money raised or best report. Participation provides opportunities for students to hone their business acumen, work with others, gain a perspective on real life issues in the community and have fun.