Students face a den of dragons!

BUDDING entrepreneurs came face to face with a den of dragons, as they fought to win a �1,000, writes Abigail Adetitun. Six teams of students, from Queen s Park Community School in Aylestone Avenue, Queen s Park, and Cardinal Hinsley High School in Harle

BUDDING entrepreneurs came face to face with a den of dragons, as they fought to win a �1,000, writes Abigail Adetitun.

Six teams of students, from Queen's Park Community School in Aylestone Avenue, Queen's Park, and Cardinal Hinsley High School in Harlesden Road, Harlesden, battled it out to win the five judges over with a unique business invention.

The teams were student Corner, Pro Key, Pandemia, Flavour, Groom and Go and Life Ed, were each mentored and had four weeks to come up with a fantastic business plan, that had potential to be successful.

Each group presented their ideas before the panel of judges, who fell into the categories of businessmen and entrepreneurs.

The dragons also included, parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, Chris Philp and Geoff Martin, editor in chief of the Times.

After pledging their ideas, the six teams, nervously waited for the dragons to decide which team deserved the �1,000 prize.

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Although all the contestants displayed a well prepared presentation, there had to be one winner.

Queen's Park, A level Business students, Student Corner, won the competition with their great recruitment agency for young people.

Daleep Singhpadda, 17, from Kingsbury said: "I feel relieved; it was four weeks of hard work. Everyone in Student Corner wants to do business and it's definitely going to help us for the future."

Dhiraj Hirani, 18, from Willesden, who was also celebrating his birthday party said: "I feel fantastic, you see it on TV and never imagine actually doing it."

Student Corner were honoured to have their award presented by MP for Epsom, shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling.

Grant Barrens, group mentor, said: "It's a great opportunity for them and me. It was an opportunity for everyone to do something interesting and beneficial. We rose to the occasion and managed to impress the judges."

The Tricycle young enterprise competition proved to be a success and all participants left with an experience.

Chris Philp, Conservative prospective Parliament candidate for the Hampstead and Kilburn said: "I think they really understood the main principles of business and that was very impressive.

"I am sure that we have just met the next generation of entrepreneurs. This is something that we will certainly look to do again next year.

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