‘Dragons’ wowed by Latimer students at enterprise event

Latimer College students face the Kier 'Dragons'
Latimer College students face the Kier 'Dragons'

Entrepreneurial students from Kettering’s Latimer Arts College travelled to London to pitch their best commercial ideas to a team of top business executives in a Dragon’s Den-style contest.

The pupils visited the boardroom of Kier, a leading construction, services and property group, where they were grilled on their ideas by senior executives from the company.

The event marked the finale of a young-enterprise initiative led by Kier, which maintains close links with Latimer and has run a series of workshops for students at the college.

Shalin Saujani, college head of business, said: “Kier support us with a young enterprise course to mentor students through a range of important business matters. Groups then have a chance to pitch for an investment to get their start-up idea off the ground.”

Students offered the Kier “Dragons” proposals including a new range of chocolate truffles; a personalised Oyster card branding service; a carbon-capture canister for the leisure industry, and a device to assist back-pain sufferers in the home.

All of the groups received funding to help bring their ideas to fruition.