YOUNG entrepreneurs competed in their very own Dragons' Den challenge at Acorn Independent College.
Seven students from year nine presented their ideas in groups or as individuals at the Southall establishment last Thursday (May 9).
They faced a panel of local business people including Raj Birk who runs a successful plumbing merchant business, Zubi Shah whose family runs the Nagina Restaurant chain, Paramjit Dua who has extensive experience in IT and electrical industries and Mahindra Naidu, a teacher at Acorn with business experience.
Mohammed Osman, 13, came out as the winner with his e-visit mobile phone application; functioning as a tour guide in 210 countries with a sentence translator allowing it to be used in different languages.
Other ideas included a shopping discount card aimed at young people, a remote controlled pet feeder to allow your pet to be fed in your absence and an interactive guide to wrestling events with profiles of wrestlers and ability to purchase tickets.
The students prepared their pitches both in business studies lessons and in their own time over a period of two months and the competition was organised by Rebecca Rudd, Head of Business Studies and Head of GCSE.
Gladys Watt, principal, said: “Anyone who has seen the TV programme will know that making a presentation in Dragons’ Den is not for the faint-hearted. To keep calm under intense pressure proves difficult for adults, let alone these 13-year-olds.
“The teams facing the panel had created an original product combining creative thinking and business strategies which were thoroughly tested and the competition was fun.”