North East entrepreneurs pitted their wits against one another in an annual business challenge.
Students from Emmanuel College, Gateshead beat off competition from across the region to be crowned the winners of the week-long Business Game event, run by the Emmanuel Schools’ Foundation.
The idea which caught the attention of the Dragons Den-style panel was Solar Sleeve, eco-technology that harnesses the power of the sun to heat drinks.
The Kings Academy, MIddlesbrough were announced runners-up with their Spa Commute, an on-train passenger massage service.
A total of 84 Year 9 students were tasked with coming up with a new product, conducting market research, sorting the finances, allocating roles and pitching their ideas to experts.
The panel of judges included accountant Neil Nicholls, electrical contractor Rob Carson, salon owner Louise Bell and Lee Hallam, MD of consultancy Lindbrookes.
Chairman of the judges Neil Nichols said: “We were hugely impressed by the standard of work. The students showed true grit and determination and we were very impressed with the presentations.”
Emmanuel College student and team MD Jessica Morgan, 13, said: “Our sleeve would be fitted with rechargeable lithium batteries powered by a solar panel and linked to a copper element capable of heating up to 75 degrees. It would be ideal for camping, music festivals, or anything outdoors.”