Last week the Scotland’s Enterprising Schools team were invited along to our partner Social Enterprise Academy’s Dragons’ Den Competition for Fife schools.
The day involved fourteen schools from across Fife presenting their Social Enterprise idea to the 4 dragons in a bid to secure funding to take their business forward. Our very own Project Manager Julie was one of the dragons!
And she had a tough job ahead of her deciding on the winning pitch. We saw some excellent social enterprise ideas, some of which were in the early stages but some were already up and running.
During their pitch, pupils discussed the social cause behind their business and how they planned to make an impact to people in their local community or even further afield.
Just some of the business ideas we heard on the day included community cafes, eco-friendly solutions to all the single use plastic products we have in our bathrooms, breakfast clubs aimed at tackling poverty in children, and a dog biscuit selling business which would fund eco-friendly dog poo bag dispensers for the local area.
Take a look at Social Enterprise Academy’s #DragonsDen19 hashtag for a rundown of all the business ideas from the day.
A huge well done from the Scotland’s Enterprising Schools team to all the schools involved on the day: Aberdour School, Balwearie High, Dairsie Primary, Inverkeithing High, St. Margaret’s RC Primary, Torbain Primary, Kinross High, Tulliallan Primary, and St. Andrew’s RC High.
Everyone delivered incredible pitches and we left feeling very inspired after seeing the enthusiasm these young people had for improving the lives of others and making an impact on the world around them.
The dragons had a very difficult decision to make to decide on the Primary and Secondary winner, both of who would be awarded £100 to help their social enterprise idea going forward.
Congratulations to the Primary School winners Aberdour School, whose social enterprise tackled fast fashion with pop-up charity shops, and (the dragons just couldn’t decide!) Dairsie Primary School, who decided to tackle the local dog poo problem with their business that would place eco-friendly bag dispensers in the local area.
A big congratulations to St. Andrew’s RC High School as the Secondary School winner, with their “Silver Surfer” Programme to teach local elderly people tech skills to help them both connect with others and the modern world.
Each group took home £50 to put back into their business and we’re looking forward to seeing how all their social enterprises will develop!
Are you interested in introducing the Social Enterprise model in your school? Social Enterprise Academy are ready to help!