Students enter the Dragon's Den

Our students have earned positive praise from London business leaders in the Community-Apprentice Pitching Challenge.

As previously reported, Clapton Girls’ Academy has two teams entering the Community-Apprentice competition this year which is running in nine schools across the city.  The students are working in teams and managing their own projects to see who can make the biggest positive impact in their local community.

Turning ideas into action

Over the past few weeks the teams have been coming up with ideas and developing them into a practical plan.  They have set a clear goal, identified relevant activities to bring their issue to life and are now ready to deliver their exciting projects.

Team Social Power aim to empower women who wear the hijab whilst educating others on why women choose to wear one. The teams will achieve this by delivering workshops and assemblies to students, whilst organising an awareness week where successful women who wear the hijab are celebrated throughout the week. On the other hand, Team CAV (Clapton As A Voice) are planning to tackle online safety, particularly amongst primary school age, as they believe that this age group are most vulnerable whilst using the internet.

Pitch perfect


The teams pitched their ideas to local business leaders to receive funding in order help implement their plans as well as feedback to help them improve their impact.

The event was held in the real Dragon’s Den studio which provided a great atmosphere for the student’s pitches. Eight teams from schools across the city pitched in front of each other as well as a panel of experts, giving students the opportunity to watch each other and learn different techniques of presenting as well as receiving valuable feedback from the judges. 

Simon Lough, Envision Chair of Trustees said:

 "I've been going to Pitching Challenges for five years, but this year's pitches were undoubtedly the most professional I've ever seen - they evidenced the hard work and creativity of all the students involved.  They were brilliant events, and made all the hard work of the Envision team feel worthwhile."

Priya Kaur added that:

“Now that we have completed the Pitching Challenge I feel more confident that my team and I are going to make a difference.”

Team Social Power and Team CAV overcame their fears and impressed the judges with their exciting pitches. Both teams earned £95 to fund their project and are now ready to go out and make a real difference in their local community.