Event will unearth best young
SWANSEA Bay could unearth
the next Richard Branson thanks to an innovative business
competition soon taking place.
The Swansea Bay Business
Dragons 2011 competition is challenging teams of year nine students
from secondary schools in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and
Carmarthenshire to create and develop a business idea around the
theme of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The competition will take
place over the next six months and teams will compete in an
inter-school round, an area semi-final and a regional final.
Local businesses will be
brought in to mentor and work with the teams and help them develop
their business ideas and marketing plans.
The competition will end
with a Dragons Den-style final in November when short-listed teams
will pitch their business ideas to a judging panel of local
The winning team will scoop
£1,000 and the title of Swansea Bay Business Dragons 2011.
The competition is being
organised by the Swansea Bay Partnership in association with
Careers Wales West. It will be sponsored by Wales & West
Graham Edwards, Wales &
West Utilities Chief Executive, said: "We’re proud to be supporting
this innovative new competition. The future of business is in
the hands of our young people and Wales & West Utilities is
delighted to be involved in an event that encourages business
thinking and entrepreneurship in schools."
Phil Holmes, Chair of
Swansea Bay Partnership, said: "This is a great way to encourage
young people to develop entrepreneurial skills and to consider
business as a future career path.
"Many of our local
businessmen and women have volunteered to mentor during the event
which will give the students a real feel for the world of
Contact Sarah Toomey of the
Swansea Bay Partnership for more information on:-
, Tel: 01792 545066. Or visit http://www.swanseabaypartnership.com/