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.