School pupils face the Dragons – and win!

Primary 7 pupils from St Leonards Primary School, Dunfermline took part in a Dragons Den style event to pitch their Social Enterprise ideas to 3 Dragons to win funding and support for the school to continue the Enterprises they created.

Fife Council’s Economic Development team and Fife Social Enterprise Network (FSEN) created a programme in partnership with Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) to deliver enterprise support to Fife Schools. A pilot project was created to foster Social Enterprise in Schools, including CPD events for teachers, a business challenge for school pupils to participate in (4 to Fortune) and a ‘Dragon’s Den’ event.

4 to Fortune was delivered in primary schools during November 2016.  The four week challenge was aimed to stimulate their enterprise skills and creativity, give teachers confidence in their delivery and ability in supporting enterprise activities.  The young people worked in teams of 4 people, with each team receiving £4 seed money and 4 weeks to expand that amount as much as they could.

Schools were then encouraged to create their own long term sustainable school based social enterprise with ongoing assistance from Social Enterprise Academy.

All funds raised by the young people through the challenge remained with them to work with their teachers to allocate it to worthy causes in their local area or to use as start-up funds for their own school based social enterprise.

The four week programme was incredibly successful with 12 primary schools and over 500 young people participating.  The young teams raised over £3,300 for worthy causes in their local area.

Three teams of pupils from St Leonards Primary School took part in the Dragons Den event. With excellent presentations 3 very different business ideas were pitched to the Dragons.  The pitches were scored not only on their business knowledge but on how their activities impacted on the local community.

The wining team was “Gummies for Joy” a great business that made coloured and flavoured Jelly – made with 50% Jelly 50 and 50% fun! They won £100 for their school. The other two teams impressed the Dragons so much that they decided to award the school a further £50 for each team!