Pupils win Dragons Den competition with social enterprise ideas

The winners are announced on Zoom

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An online Dragon’s Den-style competition run via Zoom has seen £100 go to two local schools.

Ruaridh, a pupil at Lochnell Primary School, won £100 for his school to develop a social enterprise idea of wildlife photography.

And Evie, a pupil at Port Ellen Primary School, Islay, also won £100 for her ‘shop in the box’ project.

With Ruaridh’s win, young people in Benderloch will be encouraged to take photographs of local wildlife with the photos then sold and profits going to local wildlife conservation projects.

And Evie’s idea to create a pop-up shop in a local phone box selling unique items will see profits go to the RSPB, the South Islay Development project, and provide toys for her school.

The wins were part of a competition run by the Social Enterprise Academy under the banner Community Champions Challenge.

In total across Scotland, five pupils won £100 seed funding – two from Argyll and Bute alone.

An additional five won £50 seed funding and support from a social entrepreneur to bring their social enterprise ideas to life.

The competition was set up in response to Covid to give Scotland’s young people an opportunity to contribute to their community.

More than 50 applications were submitted and the 10 winners were invited to pitch their ideas in presentations, videos, business plans, prototypes and design drawings.

Emily Mnyayi, head of education at the Social Enterprise Academy, said: ‘Social enterprise is an ideal way for young people to develop skills, explore how they can take action, make a difference and connect with their community.

‘We can’t wait to see how they develop their brilliant social enterprise ideas with the support we have put in place.’