Aber Does Dragons’ Den

09 June 2016

Local sixth form pupils from Ysgol Penweddig recently visited Aberystwyth University to enter the Dragons Den, pitching ideas for new products to a panel of local entrepreneurs.

The Ffau’r Ddraig Aber project is a collaboration run by the School of Management and Business (SMB) and the Department for Theatre, Film and Television Studies (TFTS), funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to develop a competition based on the popular television programme Dragons’ Den.

Following the success of the project last year involving pupils from Penglais School, this year’s edition was run entirely in Welsh, with Design and Technology pupils from Ysgol Penweddig taking part.

Organised by SMB lecturers Robert Bowen and Wyn Morris, the aim of the project was to take existing projects that pupils were designing in their A-Level Design and Technology course and develop business ideas in order to bring their products to market.

Having developed their products with Penweddig teacher Gerallt Williams, three lecturers from SMB, Robert Bowen, Wyn Morris and Nerys Fuller-Love, made 3 visits to the school to help guide students on the business side of their products in preparation for their pitch in front of the Dragons.

Local business people were invited to act as the Dragons, this included Llion Pughe, SMB alumna and Director of Y Gorau o Gymru/Best of Wales; Rhiannon Rees, SMB alumna and Director of Rhiannon Rees Property; Sion Edwards, Director of Aber Letting; Lowri Steffan, actress and owner of Dots shop in Aberystwyth; and James Raw, a local entrepreneur.

The event was filmed by students of TFTS, under the supervision of lecturers and technicians from the department. Following editing of the footage, the screening night and awards ceremony for the event is scheduled to take place at the University on Wednesday 22 June.

Speaking of the event, Robert Bowen stated: “The day of filming was a big success. It was great to see the progression of how the school pupils had taken their product, which they designed and built themselves, and developed a vision for how this could be developed into a business. As an event, it has been great to work with Ysgol Penweddig and TFTS, especially to see the filming work being done by the TFTS students. We’re very much looking forward to seeing the results on 22 June”.


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