Richmond Pupils Impress at Social Enterprise Dragons’ Den Competition

Primary Year 6 pupils at St. Richard’s CE Primary School in Richmond pitched their impressive social enterprise ideas to an expert panel at the Social Enterprise Schools Dragons’ Den competition.

The panel of ‘dragons’ included: Jenny Fletcher, Strategic Programmes & Purpose Fellow at SAP and Dan Boyden, Director at the Change Collective and Co-Founder and Co-Director at The World From My Window.

The Dragons’ Den event provided an opportunity for pupils to gain professional advice on their social enterprise business ideas. Social enterprise ideas pitched today include supporting people who are homeless, a mental health support group, a group tackling deforestation, and a group supporting endangered animals.

The overall winners of the day were the mental health group who impressed the dragons with their idea for designing a website to support children with their mental health and wellbeing.

Pupils are running their social enterprises as part of Social Enterprise Schools, delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy, which empowers young people to affect social change in their communities while developing key core employability and entrepreneurial skills for the future.

Social Enterprise Schools was first launched in England in Lambeth and Greenwich in 2019 after 12 years of success in Scotland. St Richard’s Primary School in Richmond is the first English school to take part in Social Enterprise Schools since its relaunch in 2022.

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Of the day, Jenny Fletcher from SAP said:

Speechmarks Plum On what ended up being the hottest day of the year it was a pure joy and a privilege to be able to represent SAP UK as a Dragon’s Den panellist for our pilot Social Enterprise Academy program with St Richard’s school in Richmond. Despite the heat, the year 6 students provided a thoughtful set of social enterprise pitches covering a range of topical social issues. It was heartening to see such passion and understanding from young minds and am sure the program will only go from strength to strength from here on out - I can’t wait to see it!”

Matt Nicol, Social Enterprise Schools Lead (England), said:

Speechmarks Plum This event took place on the hottest day ever recorded in England – underlining the reality and importance of the challenges we face as a society. We were impressed by how thoughtful and articulate the presentations were, and look forward to these Y6s continuing their journey as social entrepreneurs as they transition to secondary school.”

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