Dragons Apprentice Challenge 2016/17
Over 100 ambitious students have taken up the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge this year across Broxbourne & East Herts; 15 different teams will compete over the next few months to increase their £100 start-up cash into over £1000 by mid-February.
The teams of students attended the launch that was held on Monday, 3rd October at Hertford Regional College, Broxbourne Campus.
The students don’t work alone; the business challenge matches each team with a local business mentor (their ‘Dragon’). Local organisations donating their time and expertise to support the Challenge include Barclays, Cariad Marketing, Broxbourne Borough Council, Network Homes, Angels at Play Nurseries, East Herts District Council, B3Living, TheGivingMachine, HCF Training & Development, attend2health, GC Sports Ltd, and CVSBEH. Leading Business Networking Strategist Andy Lopata and Inspirational Speaker & Business Consultant Michal McGrath are also among the judges for the Challenge.
All teams taking part are matched with a charity partner, to whom they will be donating all of their team’s profits, providing much needed income for local charity groups. The local charity/community groups this year are ActOne ArtsBase, British Red Cross, Cazfest, CHIPS, Courtyard Arts and Community Centre, Crest of a Wave, Future Living Hertford, Guideposts, Headway Hertfordshire, Safer Places, The Counselling Foundation, The Gifted, The Princes Trust and Winter Night Shelter.
Schools and colleges taking part are the Cheshunt School, Freman College, Haileybury Turnford, Hertford Regional College, Richard Hale School, Robert Barclay Academy, The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and The Sele School.
The teams will be designing and selling products, holding events and creating micro businesses all across Broxbourne & East Herts as well as interacting with other local businesses and residents along the way. The whole Challenge can be followed through the twitter #DragonsBEH
Dragons Apprentice Challenge is co-ordinated locally by Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts (CVSBEH). Chief Executive Ian Richardson said:
“This is our 4th year of delivering the Challenge and it continues to grow in this part of Hertfordshire. We are excited to see which school team will be crowned the winners this year and they will be announced at our Awards Evening set for the end of March 2017”
Last year the teams from Broxbourne and East Herts raised almost £13,000, and the Overall Winners were from The Broxbourne School who presented £961 to Carers in Hertfordshire, which provides advice and support for carers based in Hertfordshire.
The Challenge is sponsored by both Broxbourne and East Herts Council’s along with B3Living.