Dragons' Apprentice Challenge
On Monday, 21st March 2016 150 guests attended the finals of the Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge for Broxbourne and East Herts held at Hertford Theatre. The project raised over £12,000 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, B3 Living, the Graham Rowlandson Foundation and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Senior Dragons Apprentice Challenge began in September last year and engaged 65 year 12 students from 7 local secondary schools along with 18 representatives of the local business community and 13 beneficiary charitable organisations.
5 presenting teams were shortlisted from an initial entry of 13 and included teams from The Broxbourne School, Haileybury Turnford and The Herts & Essex High School. The money they raised from organising a series of events, sales and other business ideas helped a number of local charities including Carers in Herts, Broxbourne Foodbank, The Counselling Foundation, East Herts YMCA, Cats Whiskers Rescue and Breathe Easy Hertford. Teams from The Sele School, St Mary’s School, Cheshunt School and Sheredes School also took part.
The local business community provided seed money and mentoring support for the participating team, some of the organisations included WENTA, Continuum Insurance, B3 Living, the Giving Machine, Cheshunt Marriott, De Veres, Broxbourne Council, East Herts Council, Rotary and Hertfordshire Training and Development Consortium.
The presenting teams were assessed by a panel of ‘Super Dragon’ Judges that included Justine Perry - CEO of Cariad Marketing, Tony Medhurst – Principal of Hertford Regional College, Jeff Stack - CEO of Broxbourne Council and Michael McGrath - founder of the Muscle Help Foundation.
The awards presented were as follows:
Overall Winner - Sponsored by CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts
Team Ignite – The Broxbourne School
Outstanding Individual – Sponsored by Broxbourne Council
Jess Williams, Team Ignite – The Broxbourne School
Most Innovative Business Idea – Sponsored by B3Living
Team Titans – Haileybury Turnford
Team Unity - Sponsored by Hertford Regional College
EliteTed – Cheshunt School
Best Example of Close Co-operation with their Charity – Sponsored by The Muscle Help Foundation
Team Ignite - The Broxbourne School
Best Managed Project - Sponsored by East Herts Council
Team Ignite - The Broxbourne School
Best Poster - Sponsored by Graham Rowlandson Foundation
Innovate – The Herts & Essex High School
Most Money Raised – Sponsored by Hertfordshire LEP
Team Prospect – The Herts & Essex High School
Best Presentation – Sponsored by Cariad Marketing
Team Prospect - The Herts & Essex High School
After the interval guests were inspired by international author and speaker Andy Lopata, one of Europe's leading business networking strategists.
This was followed by the awards for the Junior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, a project that is also growing quickly in the Borough of Broxbourne, with 10 primary schools taking part. Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the ‘Overall Winners’ award to Broxbourne C of E Primary School along with the ‘Best Poster’ Award. Wormey C of E Primary School also received awards for ‘Best Partnership with Charity’, ‘Most Money Raised’ and the ‘Outstanding Individual’ that was awarded to year 6 pupil Zadie Whitaker.
The other awards for the Junior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, all sponsored by Ambition Broxbourne & B3Living, will be presented to the following:
Best Presentation – St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Best Partnership with ‘Dragon’ – Westfield Community Primary School
Most Innovative Business Idea – Downfield Primary School
Best Teamwork – Hurst Drive Primary School
A total of £5026.80 was raised by the Junior teams for Broxbourne EMA, NSPCC, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Diabetes UK, Crest of a Wave, Groundwork Hertfordshire, Four Swans Vision and Teens Unite.