Pupils’ business brains were buzzing as they took to Morpeth’s Dragons’ Den.
Twelve groups of Year 7 pupils at Newminster Middle School were out to impress local business representatives as they vied for the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
They had to form a business plan, create a website and prepare a pitch to present their ideas in front of classmates and teachers, as well as judges Ian McAllister from lazy grace, Jill Fenwick of The Sewing Box, and Jacqueline Brewster of Miracle aloe Vera.
The teams were marked on innovation, real-world application and website design.
And Care Home Entertainment, which plans to provide drama, dance and music for older people, emerged the winner. The victorious pupils will have their website hosted for 12 months and received iTunes vouchers and a trophy.
Teacher Rachel Bowler said: “It was amazing to see the ideas and the creativity that the students had. Care Home Entertainment will be run as a social enterprise and not-for-profit and we can really see it flourishing.”
Mr McAllister said: “Considering the students are all aged 11 to 12 and have no real world business experience, some of the pitches we saw were better than the graduates we see coming into the office wanting to start their own business.”
Any schools interested in running a similar competition should contact Mr McAllister on 01669 621272.