On set in the Dragons Den

Across the country our Dragons have gathered in their ‘Dens’ in their annual search for Change Makers

We are grateful to the fantastic organisations who have given us the spaces to run these popular events.  One of the most exciting spaces was definitely the set for the original Dragon’s Den, The Depository, in north London.

Dragons (left to right) Jon Doyle, Andrew Chittenden, Dermot Keane and Kathleen Bacon take their seats in the Dragon's Den.

Andrew Chittenden, Senior Partner at Baringa said,

“It’s not every day you get the opportunity to sit in a Dragon’s Den chair.  And it is not every day that you get to help such a diverse and engaged set of 6th formers, who had clearly put so much into their pitches and were getting so much out of the experience. Both elements were fantastic and a great discussion point at home with my own children!

Dragons (left to right) Christopher Gothard, Jane Grant, Paul McGrath and William Eccles

As always, this event provides a rare insight into the thoughts and feelings of the younger generation. Mental health was a reoccurring issue put forward by groups, all of them expressing their concerns regarding the lack of resource to tackle mental health issues and the implications for young people growing up with mental health issues. The emergence of issues such as cyber-bullying and online safety are indicative of the sort of pressures faced by young people.

Each team managed to convince the Dragons that they had what it takes to be a Community-Apprentice. With the funding secured at this event, our young people have the opportunity to make a real difference in their local communities.