Fire Band students ignite business interest
students from Bodmin Community College have come up with a
new and innovative idea to produce a wrist bracelet smoke
alarm. Targeted at people with hearing difficulties, the bracelet
detects the signal from a smoke alarm and vibrates to warn
the user. The young entrepreneurs have set up the business
to design, create and market their Fire Band as part of an
exciting new 'Business Adventure' competition
organised by Business Link and Connexions and delivered by
the theatrical communications company CragRats. On 27th March
2006, the Eden Project was the venue for a high profile 'Dragons
Den' style event when the Bodmin pupils presented their
business proposals to a panel of judges, in a head-to-head
against nine other schools from across the region.
Head of Marketing at Business Link, Ian Gent explains, "Business
Adventure aims to broaden awareness of the opportunities that
are available to young people and the business disciplines
required in setting up and running their own enterprises.
Initially, each school asked teams of pupils to develop their
own enterprising ideas for a charity, a voluntary exercise,
a business or an environmental project. The winning team won
£250 to help them develop their ideas into a full blown
The Bodmin entrepreneurs are currently working on the design
and are investigating the production of the unit with a local
hi-tech business, which has offered support and potential
commercial development interest. Circuit designs have been
completed, the market for the Fire Band is under investigation
and the next step is to contact potential commercial vendors
of the item to discuss its feasibility.
Teacher, Pete Smith, who has been helping the group co-ordinate
their efforts, commented, "After a slow start they
now have a product and know that it works and they are now
looking at possibilities of developing it further. They are
not making it themselves, but are hoping to get companies
to manufacture it for them under license. The students have
a large working model which they know works. The Business
Adventure project has improved their team working and communication
skills, which will be beneficial when they make their presentation.
The confidence of the team has improved vastly from working
with adults other than teachers and they now have a much better
grasp of the entrepreneurial process."
John Davey, director of partnerships at Connexions, the careers
and advice service for young people aged 13 to 19 agrees,
"It's a fantastic opportunity for these young
people to have real hands on experience of working as a team
and the different functions required to run a successful business
– in a real business environment."
The winners of the 'Dragons Den' final were the
team from Lipson Community College, Plymouth.
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those considering starting a business. Additionally it provides
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