Business students praised for success of Dragons’ Den at STFC

Business students from Shrewsbury College organised a Dragons' Den style competition at Shrewsbury Town's Greenhous Meadow last week. 

The students were praised by the judges, STFC chief executive Matt Williams, Shrewsbury College Principal, Steve Wain and Shropshire Star sports writer Joseph Masi, for the successful event.

The Business group arranged for groups of school students from Sundorne School and Meole Brace to spend the day at Greenhous Meadow, where they were put into mixed groups and asked to come up with innovative ideas for a new app which would generate income. The groups were then tasked with pitching these ideas in front of the panel of judges.

The winning team, Team Dage, which consisted of pupils from Sundorne School, presented an app which allows up and coming musicians to promote themselves and advertise and recruit for band members.

Team Swift, which had pupils from both schools, proposed a social media site where you can see posts from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all in one one place.

The other team, Team Trinder, pitched an app which helps people on holiday and travelling connect with one another.

Team Dage were awarded a £100 prize for winning the competition while all of the pupils involved were given two free tickets to Saturday's home game against Stevenage.

Chief executive Matt Williams said: "It was a really enjoyable experience and I was amazed by the ideas that were pitched to us.

"The club has formed strong links with Shrewsbury College and we are working hard to form similar relationships with schools across Shropshire so we can hold similar events."

Shrewsbury College principal Steve Wain said: "The whole event has been fantastic. You want to make sure students have the chance to be inventive and look at ways the world they live in can be improved.

"Events like this enable us to do that and we have seen some really good groups.

"They all came up with ideas that had merit and it was great for me to see Shrewsbury College working with other schools and the football club.

"Anything you can do with students to get them out of college and working makes a lot of sense.

"They have had to organise this event from start to finish and the skills they have learnt will prove very fruitful."

As a result of the successfully organised event, the Business students hope to put on the event next year.

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