Over 3,500 Students Battle for Coveted Title
Collectable wrist bands, Apps and Olympic
themed dolls are just a few of the bright business ideas developed
by budding entrepreneurs from across the region.
Over 3,500 year 9 students from Neath Port
Talbot, Swansea and Carmarthenshire have competed in Round One of
an exciting new competition. Swansea Bay Young
Business Dragons takes part over a 6 month period and
challenges teams to create a business idea around the theme of the
London 2012 Olympic Games.
The event is sponsored by gas distribution
company Wales & West Utilities. Graham Edwards, the
company’s Chief Executive, said: “We congratulate all the students
who have taken part in Round One for their fantastic business
ideas, entrepreneurial spirit and great team work. We have
been staggered by the high level of creativity and business skills
demonstrated by the teams and we are really looking forward to the
next stage of the competition.”
33 teams from Round One have now been selected
to represent their school at the area semi finals in October.
Karen Thomas Enterprise Teacher at
Dyffryn Comprehensive said "Swansea Bay Young Business Dragons
is a fantastic competition that gives Young People a chance to
experience all aspects of planning a business." The Managing
Director of the winning team (Tush-Cush), Morgan Kirkham-Jones said
"my team thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience."
The semi finals will see the teams develop
their marketing strategies and will feature a presentation from the
Chartered Institute of Marketing. Local businesses have set
time aside to mentor the teams through the competition giving them
invaluable guidance and an insight into the real world of
The competition, organised by Swansea Bay
Partnership in association with Careers Wales West, will come to an
exciting conclusion with a Dragons Den-style final in November,
when short-listed teams will pitch their business ideas to a
judging panel of local business experts. The overall winning
team and business idea will scoop £1,000 prize money and the
coveted title of Swansea Bay Young Business Dragons 2011.
For further information visit http://www.swanseabaypartnership.com/
or contact the events office on firstname.lastname@example.org
/ 01792 545066.