Young Business Dragons 2012.

Neath Port Talbot teams wow judges with business Ideas

Students from two schools in Neath Port Talbot are celebrating after reaching the final of a regional entrepreneurial business challenge.

Young Business Dragons 2012

Year 10 pupils from Cwrt Sart Comprehensive and Ysgol Gyfn Ystalyfera  have reached the final of the Swansea Bay Young Business Dragons with their innovative Festival themed business ideas.

Team ‘Water Ones’ from Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School and  team ‘Zip Away’ from Ysgol Ystalyfera will now face the finalists from the Swansea and Carmarthenshire heats at the Dragons Den style final in November.

 The event, which is sponsored by Wales & West Utilities and organised by Swansea Bay Partnership in association with Careers Wales, has seen over 7,000 students from the Swansea Bay area put forward their creative ideas for a business opportunity around UK festivals.

Over a series of heats the teams from schools across the area have expanded their business ideas with the help of mentors from local companies.

Both teams created a product with the needs and comfort of festival goers in mind.  Cwrt Sart’s ‘Water Ones’ has reached the final with their innovative waterproof all in one suit with rubber feet.  It can be made in any style, size, colour, pattern, character or design.

Team ‘Zip Away’ joins them in the final with a unique and practical product.  The Zip Away rucksack features a pillow and sleeping bag. 

Graham Edwards, Chief Executive of sponsors, Wales & West Utilities, said: “The ideas that have been developed throughout this year’s competition have been truly inspiring. Each team has displayed real entrepreneurial flair in the creation and development of their ideas.

 “I am very much looking forward to seeing the great ideas that have been put forward by both of the teams from the Neath Port Talbot Semi finals alongside the four fellow finalists at the final in November.”

 The Neath Port Talbot semi final heat took place at Aberavon Beach Hotel and featured the Festival inspired ideas from teams at Dwr Y Felin Comprehensive School in Neath, Glan Afan Comprehensive School in Port Talbot, Llangatwg Community School in Neath, Sandfields in Port Talbot and Dyffryn Comprehensive School in Port Talbot, St Joseph’s Roman Catholic School in Port Talbot and the two finalists Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive School in Neath and Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera.

 The two schools will now head to the final at Ffos Las, Carmarthenshire on the 16th November where they will pitch their ideas against the four semi finalists from Carmarthenshire and Swansea. The winning team and business idea will scoop £1,000 prize money and the now coveted title of Swansea Bay Young Business Dragons 2012.

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