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Dragons Apprentice Challenge 2016/17

24-DAC logo no 2013Over 160 guests attended the finals of the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge for Broxbourne and East Herts for 2016/17 held at The Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon. The project raised over £11,000 for local good causes this year and is delivered by the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts with great support from Broxbourne and East Herts Councils.

The Senior Dragons' Apprentice Challenge began in September last year and engaged 75 year 12 students from 8 local secondary schools along with 15 representatives of the local business community and 15 beneficiary charitable organisations.

Company 53 of Sele School - Overall Winner of Senior ChallengeSix presenting teams were shortlisted from an initial entry of 15 and included teams from Freman College, Haileybury Turnford, Hertford Regional College, The Hertfordshire & Essex High School, Richard Hale School and The Sele School. The money they raised from organising a series of events, sales and other business ideas helped a number of local charities including CHIPS, The Counselling Foundation, Crest of a Wave, Future Living Hertford, Guideposts Trust, Headway Hertfordshire, Safer Places, TheGivingMachine and Bishops Stortford Winter Night Shelter. Teams from Cheshunt School and Robert Barclay Academy also took part.

The local business community provided mentoring support for the participating teams from organisations including Angels at Play, attend2health, Barclays Bank, Broxbourne Borough Council, East Herts Council, GC Sports Ltd, HCF Training & Development and Network Homes.

Crest of a Wave receive chq from Haileybury Turnfords Team 21The presenting teams were assessed by a panel of ‘Super Dragon’ Judges that included Justine Perry - CEO of Cariad Marketing, Jeff Stack - CEO of Broxbourne Council, Michael McGrath - founder of the Muscle Help Foundation and international networking expert, Andy Lopata. The awards presented were as follows:

Overall Winner - Sponsored by CVS for Broxbourne & East Herts
Company 53 - The Sele School

Outstanding Individual - Sponsored by Broxbourne Borough Council
Megan North - Haileybury Turnford

SuperDragon Judges and PresentersBest Example of Close Co-operation with Charity - Sponsored by Broxbourne Council
Team Guidance - Hertford Regional College

Most Money Raised - Sponsored by East Herts Council
Astra - The Hertfordshire & Essex High School

Most Innovative Business Idea - Sponsored by The Muscle Help Foundation
Company 53 - The Sele School

Best Presentation - Sponsored by Cariad Marketing
Company 53 - The Sele School

Group StageBest Managed Project - Sponsored by Andy Lopata
Team Fresh Start - Richard Hale School

Best Poster - Sponsored by VolkerWessels UK
Glow-On - Freman College

Most Creative Poster
Company 53 - The Sele School

After the interval guests were inspired by fellow young entrepreneur Patrick Philpott, a former pupil of Robert Barclay Academy and now CEO of Visionpath, who spoke about the challenges of setting up his own successful business within a few short years of leaving school.

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the ‘Overall Winners’ awards to the teams that took part in the Junior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. The Diamond Dragons team from Wormley Primary School were named the overall winners for Broxbourne and Bayford C of E Primary School's Six Super Stockings team won for East Herts.

Bayford Primary School - Overall Winners in East HertsCouncillor Linda Haysey, leader of East Herts District Council and a judge for the East Herts competition, said: "More younger people have ambitions to run their own businesses. This competition gave them their first experiences. East Herts is delighted to be involved with the challenge for budding entrepreneurs. I was amazed at the work and time these young people had put into running their projects and their very evident pride in their achievements. It was a very hard competition to judge and the ideas were interesting and novel. All the teams said they learnt a lot from working as a team and wanted to take part again next year."

Dave Gaze, a local businessman and judge, said: "The Wormley presentation was excellent, it took presentations to a different level rather than just doing a PowerPoint. All of the members of the Diamond Dragons' team contributed and were articulate when speaking in the boardroom."

Wormley Primary School - Overall Winners in BroxbourneIan Richardson, Chief Officer of the CVS and judge, said: "All of the teams provided very inventive presentations. The winning teams also had a strong partnership with their business mentors and genuine outside engagement with their charity."

An incredible £4700 was raised by these young teams for local charities, including Four Swans Vision, Broxbourne Food Bank, Hertford & Ware Beekeepers, EMA, Teens Unite, Your Town, Mudlarks, Ware in Bloom and Cats Whiskers.


Click here to view the official video and learn more about the Junior Dragons' Apprentice Challenge.