Last month, I had the pleasure of being a judge in a Dragons' Den for our Business and Sustainability BTEC students. The event was kindly hosted by branding agency Karmarama in their wild and wonderful head office in Farringdon, writes Jane Riddiford.
Students had made the most of the potentials offered by having lessons in the Kings Cross Skip Garden. All four business groups applied their creative juices to the range of things that can be found and produced in the middle of a construction site, especially when plenty of volunteer help is on hand.
The result was four original and impressive micro-businesses: Fresh Finesse, Short Bakes & Sides, Touch Wood and (coincidentally!) Herbarama.
In front of a panel of four judges, including Strategists and Creatives from Karmarama, the students all gave a good pitch. They worked as teams and expertly thought on their feet. It was a great opportunity to have feedback from the professionals about how to develop the unique character of each of the ideas and make viable propositions.
The four businesses will be launched at the Skip Garden Christmas Market on Thursday, 5 December, from 12 to 2pm. Join us then for a chance to purchase beautiful and ethical handmade items, and to sample delicious foods, all made in King's Cross by local young people.
What the students said
This is what the BTEC students have to say about what they are offering and how the experience has been for them:
Habiba, from Fresh Finesse, who will be serving hot, savoury home-cooked meals:
Sayra, from Touch Wood, who will be specialising in sustainable and handmade wooden products:
Rashid, from Herbarama, who will create and sell a variety of herb-based organic products:
Nazmina, also from Touch Wood said: