Impressive business ideas pitched at Brooksby Melton College’s Dragon’s Den-style event

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An impressive array of ideas were pitched as Brooksby Melton College hosted its own Dragon’s Den style event.

Fourteen students put their entrepreneurial skills to the test - as part of an educational course - and came up with ideas to start a business from scratch, pitching to some of Melton’s top bosses.

Each student had 60 minutes to pitch their idea they had been working on for four weeks.

Business lecturer Adam-Finkel Gates said: “The dragons were very helpful in critiquing the students businesses. They were able to offer an insight into how the consumer would react to that the students proposed and fed this back to the students. The dragons were very impressed with all the businesses and felt that many of the students have produced sensible and realistic business plans which with financial backing could work.

Some of the business start up ideas presented included a fish and chip restaurant, a Formula 1 racing team, a riding school, a training company for parents with children with disabilities and a smart phone app which allows you take photos of clothes on other people and find out where to buy the item from as well as suggesting cheaper alternatives.

Adam added: “Unfortunately none of the students managed to secure an investment however, the students heard first hand from experienced business professionals on what they thought of their ideas.

“These people are employed in positions where they deal with multi-million pound businesses every day and as such have very high expectations. Those expectations will allow the students to develop their skills to impress future employers. They are able to take away from the day the types of questions investors and employers will ask of them.”

More pitches will take place at a second event in May at Brooksby’s Melton campus.