Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students studying at the Amersham campus of Buckinghamshire College Group got to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts Dragons Den-style this afternoon.
The panel included Sean O’Farrell, Amersham-based Entrepreneur and Business Loans Specialist, politician Mimi Harker OBE, Graeme Tidd from the Peter Jones Foundation and business tutor Shaun McCarthy.
Student business ideas included many tech start-ups and a variety of novel ideas ranging from a Language Learning App to photography.
PJEA student Karl Shrowder said, “Pitching a business idea helps you to get a focus on what is important and what is likely to make an impact on possible investors. It’s a great experience and gives you an insight into the real world of business.”
The PJEA course is designed to encourage entrepreneurism and give students the skills and expertise to launch their own business. It is unique in the region and has been the launch platform for many successful businesses. The Amersham campus course has produced PJEA National Entrepreneur of the Year on no less than four separate occasions and was launched at the college in 2009 before being rolled out nationally.
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PJEA student Karl Shrowder pitching his business idea to the panel
Students with their business proposals ready to pitch