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Pitching for success at Wake Smith & Westfield Health HQ

Jump Community // News

January 20, 2017

A Dragon’s Den style event saw students from Sheffield College/Peter Jones Enterprise Academy course pitch to fourteen business leaders and entrepreneurs at Wake Smith Solicitors’ offices & Westfield Health’s new offices in Sheffield.

Our own Dan Glover was one of the judges who sat in on 16 presentations from students hoping for potential investment in their ideas and business plans. Organiser Jill White said:

“The students pitch their business plan and ideas to the judging panel which will then makes a decision about potential investment.

“It has to be a plausible business idea, which has the reality of being seen through. In the past we have had all sorts of ideas presented, from pop up restaurants to phone Apps and green energy concepts.

“It is a fantastic experience for these students to be presenting in front of some of the city’s best business leaders and entrepreneurs at this showcase event. The advice these students can pick up from this experience is second to none.”

The pitch for investment was very successful with one of our students (Jordan Hibberd) receiving an offer of investment in his company. Another student received a substantial order from one of the investors, to produce their publicity (Cameron Thomas). Three students have been offered support to start up their business in the form of mentorship (Amy Wilson, Sophie Oak and Georgia Austin).

The feedback from the ‘dragons’ on the day was amazing. We received comments from Rachel Smith, of Nourish Me Now – “I do a similar thing for Hallam and your students (who have been doing this for two months) are almost as good as the University students who have been working on their business for an entire year.”


The judges at Wake Smith & Westfield Health

Read more about the contestants and their pitches here.