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Mini moguls win school’s Dragons’ Den challenge

Tech Tidy, a group from Poole Grammar School who designed and created a holder to be used for mobile phones while they are charging, are the region’s latest digital moguls! The savvy students won investment as part of a Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den even

A solicitor at Dorset and Somerset law firm Humphries Kirk, was one of seven judges in the fun and friendly competition, based on the hit BBC show.

It was organised by Young Enterprise as part of a flagship Company Programme, to enable young people to set up their own business and learn about enterprise.

Jonathan Sherman, who specialises in commercial law including the sale and purchase of businesses, acted as a Dragon, and listened to groups of year-10 students pitching business plans with the hope of winning a £50 investment for their companies. Each group pitched their business plan in under three minutes and then Dragons were given the opportunity to question the groups on their pitches, before deciding who to invest in.

Jonathan said: “It was a privilege to attend the Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den event for the second year and to meet some exceptional pupils. It was a tough decision, but Tech Tidy impressed me with their creative ideas and professional demeanour. The product that the group had developed is one that I would use myself and I thought the website they had developed, www.techtidy.co.uk, was easy to use and engaging.”

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Humphries Kirk provides legal expertise to private and commercial clients, with offices in Swanage, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, Crewkerne, Parkstone, Wareham and London.

Email dorset@y-e.org.uk to find out more about getting involved with Young Enterprise.

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