In the early spring of this year, FSB Worcestershire Chair, Judi Brazkiewicz, was thinking about ways that the branch could encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of young people in the county. She came to the view that a straightforward and easy-to enter competition, whereby young students could showcase their interesting, innovative and novel business ideas, was the way to go.
Judi said: “I wanted something different and accessible. With rules that are ‘light touch’, to encourage students aged 15 to 18 years old in the county’s secondary schools and colleges to develop and submit their business ideas either as individuals or as a group. Ideas could be either product or service provisions and prizes would be awarded to a winner and a ‘highly commended’ candidate in two categories – ‘Under 16’ and ‘Over 16’ years of age. The prize would comprise a financial element, mentoring support to help get the business idea up and running or to support it if it is already in existence plus ‘Connect’ membership of FSB”.
These thoughts led to the creation of the ‘Worcestershire Dragons’ (as in Den) project.
We are currently finalising the detail of the scheme and working with the Careers and Enterprise Company and Worcestershire County Council to agree how to engage with schools and colleges that might be interested in – and have the capacity to get involved with – the project.
Our ambition is to be receiving applications towards the end of summer with judging and awards taking place during the autumn this year. We will keep you posted on progress!