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Excellent Ideas Abound at Young Business Dragons 2013 First Round!

A very productive and enjoyable day was spent by eighty of our Year 9 pupils when they were gathered into teams of eight to take part in this year's Young Business Dragons Competition.  

This year's competition has a nautical theme and is split over three rounds with the final taking place at Swansea's Liberty Stadium on Tuesday, November 19.  The event was formally run by the Swansea Bay Partnership, but has now passed to the South West Wales Regional Entrepreneurship Group. 

Organiser Sue Poole said: "We felt strongly that due to the success this competition had achieved and from the feedback from the schools and local businesses, we could not let this exciting project finish.  "Therefore we decided to take it upon ourselves to take the project forward and this year we are building on the legacy to widen the impact of the Young Business Dragons."

"We are looking at not just entrepreneurial skills, but employability skills that this competition develops such as team working and problem-solving."

"This competition will develop all those skills which are required if they want to set up their own business, but they are equally important for whatever role they take in business."

Bryngwyn pupils were given the task of researching and developing a business idea based on the nautical theme and promoting the Swansea Bay area as one of the UK's top tourism destinations.

They spent the morning working through various tasks such as assigning roles to team members, discussing business ideas, logos, advertising, finance etc. then each team was given the opportunity to pitch their idea to the panel of judges. 

Some excellent ideas were put forward including multi-purpose leisure buildings harnessing power from the sun and sea,  pirate-themed restaurants and adventure centres, sea-planes, a backpack incorporating a life-jacket and the 'Seg Bay' an eco-friendly scooter-type mode of transport.

The Winning Team came up with the excellent idea of 'Wheely Good Transport' whereby a set of tracked wheels, as in a tank, would be attached to pushchairs or wheelchairs to provide easier access to the beach for families and disabled people.  The judges were impressed with their visionary idea and the way in which they had worked as a team to put together a very professional pitch.  The team are now excited to go through to the next round, which is to be held in the Autumn term.