Coleg Y Cymoedd

Learners face the Dragons Den for charity

13/02/2015
Coleg Y Cymoedd

A group of care learners battled the Dragons Den with unique enterprise ideas to raise money for the Crohn’s association.

Learners studying Level 2 Childcare and Education developed viable business ideas for fundraising activities to present to a panel of handpicked judges in a Dragons Den themed challenge.  

The business ideas included a Sweet stall (Candy for Crohn’s Day), Coffee stall (Cuppa for Crohn’s Day), Name the Teddy, and Pamper Hamper Raffle. The learners completed a full cost analysis and business plan which was used to ‘sell’ to the Dragons.

The profit raised was donated to the Crohn’s association. Local organisations pledged items to sell which allowed the learners to finalise business ideas and present to the Dragons in a professional manner. These items were also donated to the charity.

Learner Hannah Barrow said “The Dragons Den challenge was a very valuable experience, it was nerve-racking being in front of the judges but we believed in our business ideas and had put a lot of effort into making them feasible and compelling for the Dragons.”

Childcare tutor Sharon Reed said “The learners thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were very successful in gaining sponsorship for these. I am very proud of the group and the effort they have put into this, they certainly rose to the challenge.”

The Dragons were convinced to donate their cash/items sponsorship to each of these entrepreneurial ideas. Coleg y Cymoedd offers enterprise opportunities to learners through the Welsh Baccalaureate and internal and external challenges. 

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