Bristol’s youngest entrepreneurs compete in Dragons’ Den competition

Students from King's Oak Academy

Students from King’s Oak Academy

A team of Year 10 pupils from King’s Oak Academy have been crowned Bristol’s Business Class Enterprise Champions of 2015.

The accolade comes after a special Dragons’ Den style event held recently at Bristol University.

The event was organised by the charity Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.

The schools worked with local business partners to develop a food or drink related product, and presented them to a judging panel of Bristol’s most high profile business people, aka, the Dragons.

The King’s Oak Academy students beat off competition from three other local schools to win the title with their design for ‘PB’ – an innovative pineapple healthy, soft drink product.

All teams were praised by the Dragons who judged the contest, including:

• Suzanne Baxter, Finance Director at Mitie plc
• Matt Hatcher, Commercial Director for NatWest
• Dr Ros Kennedy, High Sherriff of Bristol
• Roger Jones, Director of Bath Ales

Matt Hatcher, Commercial Director for Natwest, and one of the ‘Dragon’ judges comments: “The opportunity to support this great initiative from BITC dovetails with our recent launch of the Entrepreneurial Spark in Bristol, in which we are providing regional support for entrepreneurs from any sector.

“Encouraging entrepreneurship is vitally important for the future economy and all of the schools involved did incredibly well. We were really impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit that they already have at such a young age.”

Each of the four schools had already held their own competition prior to Wednesday’s final to decide who would go on and represent them, working closely with their Business Class Partners: Kings Oak Academy with Wates Group, Oasis Academy Brightstowe with KPMG, Bristol Metropolitan with DAC Beachcroft LLP and Abbeywood with Carillion.