Over 3,500 Students Battle

Over 3,500 Students Battle for Coveted Title

Dyffryn School Winners

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 business.

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 events@swanseabaypartnership.com / 01792 545066.