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Inverness pupils brave Dragons' Den


By Gregor White


Inverness Royal Academy: Samuel Stubbs, Louise Gordon, Abbie Boyce, Calum Daun,Front – Grant Nixon, Sharlene Fraser.
Inverness Royal Academy: Samuel Stubbs, Louise Gordon, Abbie Boyce, Calum Daun,Front – Grant Nixon, Sharlene Fraser.

Budding entrepreneurs got a taste of applying for business finance by taking part in Young Enterprise Scotland Highland and Moray Area version of TV’s Dragons’ Den.

Culloden Academy: Jodie Malcolm, Neve Young, Caitlin Sheridan, Calum Vermeulen, Rachel Stuart, Craig MurdisonFront – Rowan MacLellan, Colla MacDonald, Ayla Bariskan, Melody Wan.
Culloden Academy: Jodie Malcolm, Neve Young, Caitlin Sheridan, Calum Vermeulen, Rachel Stuart, Craig MurdisonFront – Rowan MacLellan, Colla MacDonald, Ayla Bariskan, Melody Wan.

School teams pitched their ideas for products at Nairn Community Centre.

Culloden Academy: Finn Russell, Jamal Qureshi, Dominika Styczen, Niall FyfeFront – Danielle McLelland, Gary MacLennan, Abigail McLelland.
Culloden Academy: Finn Russell, Jamal Qureshi, Dominika Styczen, Niall FyfeFront – Danielle McLelland, Gary MacLennan, Abigail McLelland.

The Dragons, who were from the local business community, gave Unique, from Inverness High School, £60 for their plans for wild flower seed bombs.

Inverness High School: Connor Walker, Lewis Harrison, Tyler KeanFront – Craig Mundie, Tamsin Platt, Natasha Peach.
Inverness High School: Connor Walker, Lewis Harrison, Tyler KeanFront – Craig Mundie, Tamsin Platt, Natasha Peach.

Inverness Royal Academy took home £80 towards their eco boxes of plastic free homeware items and Culloden Academy’s Effortless got £50 for their book of tips for young people going into student life.

Millburn Academy: Jack Henderson, Amy Forbes, Leah Campbell, Mollie Gilbert, Samantha Forsen, Morgan Barres.
Millburn Academy: Jack Henderson, Amy Forbes, Leah Campbell, Mollie Gilbert, Samantha Forsen, Morgan Barres.

Culloden’s On The Box got £50 for their little green box of environmentally friendly products and Millburn Academy’s Origin received £40 towards production of their wooden coasters with a Highland design.

All the teams also received valuable advice on how to take their idea forward in time to set up a stall at the annual Young Enterprise Scotland Christmas trade fair in Inverness on December 14.

Linda Thomas, Chair of YES Highland and Moray said: “Our Dragons were particularly impressed with market research the teams had carried out and their level of knowledge of their target markets.”



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