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Dragons at Quilley School – The Pitch

May 11th, 2016


All Previous Classroom Training Had Been Leading to This Event


Paul Marsh of Century IT’s class of year 9 students consisted of 7 student business groups that had a split of both service based and product based business ideas


The service based student businesses consisted of the following:-Quilley School Dragons


  • Home Cleaning Business
  • Barbers Shop
  • Dog Grooming and Walking Service


The student product based businesses consisted of the following:-


  • Bespoke Jewellery using recycled materials
  • Special type of Book Mark which had different overlays and a light for dyslexic people
  • Tailored and Bespoke Perfume Manufacturing Business
  • Fruit Smoothie Company



All the previous classroom sessions have been leading up to this event, to prepare the students for a Dragons Business Pitch to win funding for their business product or service. As previously mentioned, Sainsburys in Hedge End have offered to put up the prize for the winning company


Students were naturally nervous and worried about their Dragons Pitch and presenting their business idea to their peers as well as the dragon


The dragons den pitch put forwarded by each student group was Impressive and it was obvious a lot of thought had gone into mechanics of each business


Each student business group had considered the company formation and company name, key people and roles, market research, marketing and financials. Bearing in mind the students have no prior business experience, each pitch to the dragon was impressive and reflective of the effort that has been put in by each student business group


In Paul Marsh’s opinion, all of his year 9 students were winners and likely to have successful businesses and it would be difficult to pick just one from the 7 potential businesses to go forward into the final round.


Paul didn’t want the Students whom didn’t progress onto the next level of selection to be deterred and they should seek to tweak their business plans accordingly. After all, although this is an educational game at this stage, there is no reason why each business should not start ‘for real’ if the students are passionate enough about their ideas.


Paul’s year 9 group was larger  than the other groups and it was decided that there possibly could be room to pass more than one student business through the the final selection


Watch this space for more information when we have it!!!