Celebrating our Inaugural International Dragons Den Event

Our inaugural International Dragons’ Den event was a celebration of innovation and environmental stewardship.

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We recently set the stage for an unforgettable celebration of innovation and environmental stewardship at our inaugural International Dragons’ Den event. Held online on November 16, 2023, to coincide with Social Enterprise Day, this global showcase brought together young changemakers from Scotland, Egypt, Malaysia and England, each united by a common goal—climate action.   

It was heartening to witness the breadth and depth of ideas presented, reflecting the passion and commitment of the participating schools. From upcycling shoes to creating fertiliser from used coffee grounds, the projects underscored the creative power of young minds working towards a sustainable future. 


This inspiring event wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of our partners. A heartfelt thank you goes to FINCO, BNP Paribas, EdHeroes, SAP, and the Big Issue. Their belief in the potential of youth-led social enterprises to drive positive change has been instrumental in making this event a reality. 

Amidst all the remarkable projects, certain schools distinguished themselves and emerged as champions in their respective categories. Join us in extending congratulations to: 

Best Teamwork Award – Cairo English School (Egypt): Cairo English School’s collaborative spirit and unity of purpose were truly commendable in setting up their social enterprise, Brew Break. Each member of the team possesses a unique set of skills to ensure the coffee bar for students which also produces fertiliser from used coffee grounds is run in an efficient and impactful way.  

Best Product Award – Sekolah Kebangsaan (Malaysia): Sekolah Kebangsaan wowed the dragons with their innovative product, showcasing how creativity and sustainability can seamlessly coexist. Their dedication to creating soaps with used kitchen oils as a natural base was very innovative, with their long-term plan to use the profits to buy stainless steel kitchen filter equipment to prevent drain blockages in the future.  

Best Environmental Impact Award – Riverside Primary School (England): Riverside Primary School’s Eco-Committee project exemplifies the transformative potential of social enterprises in promoting environmental sustainability. Set up in 2021, the committee has already won multiple awards for their work – including 2 Green Flags as well as an award at the first Social Enterprise Academy Awards in July 2023.  

Most Impactful Social Enterprise Award – St Bernard’s Social Enterprise: St Bernard’s Social Enterprise Committee demonstrated a holistic approach to social and environmental challenges. They have set up various strands to their business including selling their re-usable products and personalised t-shirts with profits raising money for their local foodbank.  

The sheer energy, creativity and drive present in the teams was wonderful to see and hugely inspiring.

Andrew Lawrence - SAP

We would also like to thank our esteemed panel of Dragons for bringing so much enthusiasm to the day:

  • Lim Ban Fang, BNP Paribas Malaysia Berhad (Head of Credit Management & Chief Sustainability Officer)
  • Alina Baimen, EdHeroes (Co-founder and CEO)
  • Andrew Lawrence, SAP Concur Services EMEA & MEE (Vice President)
  • Russell Blackman, The Big Issue (Managing Director)

Curious to hear what the dragons thought about the projects? Watch their insightful feedback here: https://youtu.be/Wl0JzToJvnk 

The International Dragons’ Den event stands as a testament to the power of youth-led social enterprises in shaping a sustainable future. As we applaud the winners and all participating schools, let’s embrace the momentum generated by this event. Together, we can foster a generation of leaders who will continue to champion social and environmental causes, propelling us towards a brighter and more sustainable tomorrow. 

Get involved as a Dragon next year!

Feeling inspired and eager to be part of the next wave of changemakers? Get involved as a Dragon for next year’s event by sending us an email – Jess Kemp (International Partnerships Manager) – jessica@socialenterprise.academy