Several students from Bushey and Radlett took part in the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School’s grand-final of its own Dragons’ Den competition.
The competition ran for the first time in 2016 and this year ran in partnership with the neighbouring Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls.
The final took place as part of National Careers Week, and the aim of the initiative is to encourage creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
On March 4, the teams of students, all in Years 10 and 11, pitched their ideas to a panel of judges comprising of Claude Littner, successful entrepreneur and celebrated aide to Lord Sugar on BBC’s The Apprentice; former TV Dragon Nick Jenkins, Founder of Moonpig; Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer; and Shivani Shah, UK General Manager of cosmetics brands Maybelline, Essie and NYX Professional Make Up.
The two winning ideas were from the teams ‘HydroClean’ and ‘Pedal Power’.
HydroClean came up with a solution to clear seas, rivers and lakes from plastic by collecting the waste in a mobile bin system.
Pedal Power invented a system whereby kinaesthetic energy from riding a bike, as well as solar energy, was used to charge a mobile device.
Claude Littner said: “I must congratulate all of the teams. It is clear that the pupils have worked tremendously hard. They have surpassed my expectations and certainly are all winners to me. A huge congratulations to all at Haberdashers’ for putting on this fantastic event.”
Shivani Shah said: “Habs Dragons’ Den is a brilliant initiative. I’m very passionate about supporting young people to be successful as individuals, particularly in business. The pupils were composed under pressure and really held their own – they acquitted themselves incredibly well.”