The winners of College’s internal Dragons’ Den competition in October visited GCHQ to take part in the Gloucestershire’s Young Entrepreneurs inter-schools competition and came third. Over 50 students, aged 13 to 14, attended from local schools to pitch their business idea or invention to a panel of judges. The task given was to create a product or service that made education or business easier in the future, focusing on communication devices, business technology or cyber security.
Tom Beazley, Sebastian Cornwell, Edward Calder, Imogen Cutts and Will Dangerfield presented their idea for an ‘E-Desk’ confidently, answering some tricky questions from the judges afterward. Other ideas ranged from software to reduce time spent on administration tasks, to a pen that translates as you write. The pupils came up with the initial concepts, financial plans, advertising and marketing ideas.
Once all the teams had presented, the pupils heard a lecture about cyber-crime and learnt more about the different roles that are performed at GCHQ.
The judges were hugely impressed with the creativity of the pitches presented and commended the pupils on the hard work and research they had put into the competition.