Pupils take part in Dragons' Den competition

Published 17 July 2014


A team of young aspiring entrepreneurs from a school in Pontefract has won an enterprise competition organised by WDH.

Year nine pupils from across Wakefield were invited to pitch their business ideas to a ‘Dragons’ Den’ of expert judges last week, with groups of up to six competing to receive financial support for their idea. As part of the judging process teams were asked to present their business idea, explaining how it is sustainable and meets the needs of people living within the Wakefield district.

From a field including Crofton School, Freeston School, Wakefield City Academy and Kettlethorpe High School, The Kings School in Pontefract was eventually crowned the competition winners with their business ‘Request a Read’ – a personalised audio book for older people who have difficulty reading. The idea was chosen ahead of a job van, a store selling personalised items, an activity bus and a school-based smoothie stall.

Speaking about the event, WDH’s Chief Executive Kevin Dodd, who acted as a judge on the day, said: “The quality of the pitches was excellent, but in the end we chose the idea that best matched the values of WDH. Whilst we’ll try to work with all teams to help them progress their businesses, the winning team receives a contribution towards their start-up funding and support from us to help ensure that the business continues in the future.” 

WDH hosts an annual school enterprise competition as part of its commitment to developing and empowering young people, so they are encouraged to go on to become local community leaders.


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