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IMPRESSIVE: Young entrepreneurs score big investment in Dragon’s Den-style challenge

 Published on: 1st December 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Five sixth formers at the Chalfonts Community College have impressed investors with their business acumen as part of the school’s Young Enterprise team.

In a competition with schoolkids across the Chiltern area, Alistair Smith, Veer Kudhail, Aleksander Pavlov, Gabi Martin and Matthew Hazar, all in Year 12, had to come up with a new product idea and pitch it professionally to two real-life businesspeople.

In this virtually held event, the ‘Dragons’ would then decide whether their proposal was worth the investment.

The team came up with the innovative idea of ‘Mindscents’, scent-infused candles designed to calm the mind, designed to help those who’s mental well-being has gone down during the pandemic. They used scents such as peppermint and lavender to create relaxing aromas.

With a product, a pitch and a presentation, the teens proposed their ideas to local business Kevin Thompson, who recently retired as Group Finance Director at Amersham-based multinational HALMA plc, and marketing and communications professional Samantha Bell MA.

With confidence and professionalism, the team managed to gain a £50 investment from the ‘Dragons’, with 5% of the money going towards mental health charity mind.

Young Enterprise is a charity that specialises in teaching about finance and education, with their challenges helping young people across the country get thinking about their business skills. 

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