Into the dragons’ den

PITCH PERFECT: Olivia Hurley presents to the dragons as Chloe Mills, Georgia Lane, Amber Cruddace, Josh Grafen, Lewis Spooner, Ben Oakley, Tom Dzioba and Freddie Ping look on.
PITCH PERFECT: Olivia Hurley presents to the dragons as Chloe Mills, Georgia Lane, Amber Cruddace, Josh Grafen, Lewis Spooner, Ben Oakley, Tom Dzioba and Freddie Ping look on.
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BRAVE students held their nerve as they entered the dragons’ den to present business ideas.

The Year 13 business pupils from Great Cornard and Sudbury upper schools pitched their projects to six local business heavyweights as part of their course.

Olivia Hurley, 17, from Long Melford, was named “Most Enterprising Student” for her 2D and 3D design idea, with Amber Cruddace finishing second.

“I never thought I’d win, but I am very happy as I am not confident about talking in front of people usually, but it went really well,” said Olivia, who is hoping to study architectural technology at university in the future.

The six dragons included tycoons from the drinks and marketing sectors, including former Sudbury Upper School pupil 20-year-old Luke Gusman, owner of Hadleigh company Sales Media Evolution.

“Olivia was just fantastic but everyone was very good – I really liked the variety of the ideas,” he said.

Andrew Teviotdale, head of business at the school, added: “We have involved the dragons for a while now as they give a sense of realism to the pupils’ ideas.

“It helps them to see the hard work involved in business.”