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Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Pitching a business idea in public is no easy ride, but 'Saddle Up', a joint team of Sixth Form Girls and Boys at Bolton School, showed nerves of steel as they delivered a highly engaging presentation which enabled them to race to victory in the inaugural Joint KPMG Enterprise Competition.
As in past years, all the teams produced highly innovative ideas and compelling presentations which provided a real headache in terms of choosing an overall winner for the Dragons’ Den judging panel of delegates from KPMG, BT and Rivington Associates. After much deliberation, congratulations went to the winning team of Saddle Up, comprising Max Tyler, Raihaanah Mohammed, Alex Myatt and Georgina Nicol, who convinced the panel that there is a market for a memory foam saddle, designed to ‘cut down chaffing’ whilst cycling, and a waterproof pouch to contain all your valuables.
Runners-up were ‘Track My Transport’, who sold the idea of an application that allows customers to track buses and trains via Smartphones (‘waiting is so yesterday!’ was their slogan). The two finalists had won through a semi-final that had taken place earlier that afternoon which had involved nine teams. In turn, these teams had won through earlier rounds in December which had involved over 200 Year 12 girls and boys pitching to judges for financial support for their product or service. Earlier in the academic year, students had been prepared for the competition through two Business Enterprise and Skills Training (BEST) programmes, one for each division.
The audience of Miss Hincks (Headmistress), Mr Britton (Headmaster), parents, staff and fellow competitors was very impressed by the way in which the mixed teams worked together and by the huge progress they made with the development of their business plans and their ability to communicate their ideas.
Thanks were also offered to KPMG for generously sponsoring the event as well as providing training support in the Autumn term, helping to judge and award the prizes.
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