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Young people from Inverness take part in the mini Dragons’ Den

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Bond for Life: Lachlan Jack, Emma Parks, Dominykas Adomaitis, Felicity Hill, Ana Georgieva, Adriana Quinn, Zoe Henderson, Hanna Thompson.

Young people in Inverness and the surrounding area got their first taste of corporate finance earlier this month, taking part in a version of TV favorite Dragons’ Den.

Teams from Millburn Academy, Culloden Academy and Glenurquhart High School took part in the popular TV series version of Young Enterprise Scotland (YES), pitching their product idea to a panel of local entrepreneurs.

Glenurquhart’s Copper Carnations have been awarded £65 to help kick off their plans for a range of handmade recycled copper jewellery.

Copper Carnations: Jakob Finkler, Dylan Turner, Emily Beckley, Keira Lewis, Kirsty MacKay, Jasmine Pocock-Murray, Shannon Jepson.
Copper Carnations: Jakob Finkler, Dylan Turner, Emily Beckley, Keira Lewis, Kirsty MacKay, Jasmine Pocock-Murray, Shannon Jepson.

The school’s second team, Sweet Treats, also won £75 to fund their pick ‘n’ mix style sweets idea.

Millburn Academy’s Glassology received £90 to develop its sea glass jewelery line while Culloden Academy’s Link for Life received £50 to produce manuals to help older people use internet services.

Glassology: Abby Greig, Raluca Florea
Glassology: Abby Greig, Raluca Florea

All participating teams have also been given some useful advice on how to move forward with their plans in time to set up their stands at Young Enterprise Scotland’s annual Christmas trade show in Inverness High Street, Inverness on Saturday 10 December, where they hope sell as much product as possible.

Linda Thomas, President of YES Highland and Moray, said, “Dragons’ Den is always a challenge for our teams as they refine their product concepts and sell them to the panel.

“As always, our teams rose to the occasion, impressing our Dragons with their energy, enthusiasm and creativity.

“Since the pandemic, it has become clear that participating in the Jeune Entreprise Entreprise program is not just about learning how to run a business.

“Our youth teams gain experience by working together, coming up with innovative ideas and managing change and difficult circumstances.

“All of this is great preparation for their careers and will stand them in good stead, especially in these difficult times.”

Sweet treats: yler Overmeer, Toby Dicken, Finlay Denovan, Riley Dicken, Maxwell Garrison, Fern Ireland.
Sweet treats: yler Overmeer, Toby Dicken, Finlay Denovan, Riley Dicken, Maxwell Garrison, Fern Ireland.

The Dragons’ Den panel members were: Stephanie Andrew – Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Graham Alexander – AJ Engineering; Sarah Holmes – Pencil Me; and Grant Wright – Everybody’s Having Fun.

The Young Enterprise Scotland Company program for Highland and Moray works in partnership with local schools and businesses in the area to encourage young people to discover the different challenges and opportunities that come with running a business.

Over the course of a year, individual school teams learn how to run a successful business by designing and manufacturing products, marketing them, and managing the financial side of the business.

The scheme is aimed at young people aged 15 to 19 and the teams are supported by teachers as well as a volunteer business adviser from the local community and an area team.


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