This Friday (16 June) will see six Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students pitch their startup ideas to a panel of business experts, as part of Chelmsford College's "Pitch and Invest" initiative.
In a nod to Dragon's Den, students gain experience pitching their ideas to potential investors - helping them gain confidence in presentation and communication skills. Pitches last 5 minutes, with a maximum of 10 minutes allocated to Questions and Answers after their pitches. If a business person on the panel likes an idea they can choose to invest. Businesses can make a huge difference by providing their valuable feedback to students on each pitch. Students can then refine and develop their ideas further.
The students taking part are: Jed Brailey, Nathan Goggin, Sian Moynihan, Jack Pendleton, James Popps and Lauren Sweeney.
Panelist include: Danielle Putt, Business Innovation and Sector Development Officer at Essex County Council; Mike Smith - Senior Inward Investment, Economy and Growth Officer at Chelmsford City Council; Claire Simpson - Relationship Manager, Education, Charities, Government and Social Housing at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; David Fox - Managing Director of Display System Fabrications Ltd; Stacey Bunn - Financial Education Assistant at Ipswich Building Society; Professor Gary Packham - Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean; Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School (at Anglia Ruskin University); Steve Critchett of Sweet Catering and Jordan Barzoukas - Lecturer in Media at Chelmsford College.
Claire Wood, Business Lecturer at Chelmsford College said: "I'm incredibly proud of our learners who are pitching their business ideas to our panel of industry experts. They have shown utter dedication to their business ideas throughout this process, and very much promote the Foundation's ethos of ‘learning by doing'. I wish them all the best of luck in securing investment."
David Fox, MD of Display System Fabrication Ltd said: "Young Entrepreneurs assist our country's future. Senior Entrepreneurs should use their years of experiences to help them."
Andy Sparks, Principal of Chelmsford College said: "This event is a fantastic opportunity for our Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students to share their ideas with the business community. The students have worked extremely hard to prepare for this event. This will be an invaluable experience and is a great example of things we do at the College to help our students become ready for the world of work. "
Chelmsford College offers courses in a wide range of business subjects and includes the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy offering the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. For more information click HERE
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