Groups of students had four minutes to pitch their business ideas to the ‘dragons’ to compete for a £50 investment in their companies.
The event held at Clayesmore School and organised by Young Enterprise Dorset, provided students with the opportunity to demonstrate their company’s achievements, pitch for real funds to help develop their business idea and network with local business professionals.
Students aged between 14 and 18 years old, came up with a variety of business ideas including a company called ‘Temple’ pitching their branded hats and another named: ‘Entity’, asking for an investment for their children’s audio book about moral issues.
Mark commented: ‘It was a privilege to be a Dragon for the day and to experience pitches from some intelligent young people. A tough decision had to be made but company ‘Entity’ had, in my opinion, the better business idea and scope for the future with their audio book.’
He added: ‘VoIP Unlimited is dedicated to continuing its support of young people within the local area and this has been another opportunity for VoIP to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.’
VoIP Unlimited’s participation consolidates their commitment to helping students and young people develop skills for the workplace. The company is already a keen supporter of Dorset’s ‘Enterprise and Skills Challenge’, an employability skills programme inspiring entrepreneurial behaviour in young people and also a main sponsor for the Southampton University formula student team.