Three business experts made their second visit to LSST on Wednesday 11th March in order to judge a group of hopeful students who made their pitches for their business ideas to the Panel with a view to securing some or all of the £1000 development fund. During their 15 minute presentation students had to convince the Panel of the soundness of their plan by providing details of their business idea, along with costings, sales projections and sustainability.
The event has been followed up with a series of one-to-one mentoring sessions in order to ensure that participants are clear about planning their business.The Den provides students with valuable feedback from business professionals on the viability of their business proposals. They will also be given tips on how to progress with their proposal as well as sources of information and funding.
Details of Dragons:
Colette’s current major business interest lies with Coldesign. With her colleagues she delivers exciting and unique designs and images that talk to customers in a clear and direct style. The company works with existing and developing businesses, large and small, to help get their message out to customers. She works with business owners to design a marketable identity and offers complete media support to promote the business in both traditional and new media.
Stephen has had a varied portfolio career across many different areas of media and worked for large corporations such as the BBC and educational institutions including Kingston University. In addition, he has worked for medium and small independent companies which has given him a bird’s eye perspective over many different business models.
Colin is an experienced and successful entrepreneur. He runs ‘Training Business for Growth’ and works with budding and experienced entrepreneurs to help them develop and grow their businesses. He is also a mentor for Elevation Networks and works with the EN ‘Start Up’ initiative which offers budding entrepreneurs living in the UK the chance to finance their business and get it up and running.