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Teams from Millburn Academy and Inverness and Glenurquhart High Schools pitch their business ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style initiative organised by Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Highland and Moray Area


By Ian Duncan

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Glenurquhart Outlight team, from left, Abby Chisholm, Catherine Hart, Iris Erskine, Shallom Brown
Glenurquhart Outlight team, from left, Abby Chisholm, Catherine Hart, Iris Erskine, Shallom Brown

Budding entrepreneurs had the chance to pitch their business ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style initiative.

Schools from Inverness and the wider region got their first taste of applying for finance in the project which was run by Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Highland and Moray Area.

Millburn Flame team, back row from left, Derryn Fretwell, Ava Holmes and Suzy Gowans and, front row from left, Grayson Hendry and Caroline Dunthorne
Millburn Flame team, back row from left, Derryn Fretwell, Ava Holmes and Suzy Gowans and, front row from left, Grayson Hendry and Caroline Dunthorne

Pupils from Millburn Academy and Inverness and Glenurquhart High Schools all took part, each required to pitch their business ideas to a panel.

Outlight, from Glenurquhart, received £70 to help kick start their plans for a range of handmade tealights and plant pots made from recycled food tins.

IHS Go Wild team, from left, Brandon Platt, Barry Coburn, Stewart Macfarlane, Jekabs Laksa
IHS Go Wild team, from left, Brandon Platt, Barry Coburn, Stewart Macfarlane, Jekabs Laksa

Inverness High School’s Go Wild were awarded the same sum for their eco-friendly bird feeders made from pinecones and wood from the school’s farm while Millburn Academy’s Flame also took home £70 towards their range of handmade candles.

Linda Thomas, the chairwoman of YES Highland and Moray said: “Dragons’ Den is always a challenge for our teams as they refine the concepts for their products and sell them to the panel. It was great to be back in person this year and the teams performed brilliantly. Our Dragons were hugely impressed with their energy, enthusiasm and creativity – all delivered whilst wearing face masks.

“Over the pandemic it’s become clear that taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme is not just about learning how to run a business. Our teams of young people put into practice working together, thinking creatively and managing change and challenging circumstances, all of which is great preparation for their careers and will stand them in good stead, particularly in these difficult times.”

All the teams also received advice on how to progress their plans in time to set up a Covid-proof stall at the annual Young Enterprise Scotland Christmas trade fair in Inverness next month.


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