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Business & Entrepreneurship: Dragons’ Den with Dr Norbert Morawetz from The Henley Business School, University of Reading

20th June 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

In this highly interactive event, The Henley Business School, University of Reading, will engage Year 10 Gifted & Talented students in a Dragons’ Den developing entrepreneurial skills, communication skills and offering an insight into university.

Following a welcome and introduction from Dr Norbert Morawetz and fellow academics, in which the students will be introduced to the key ideas and set the business challenge, each participating school will break out to develop their innovative products. They will each be supported online by an undergraduate mentor from the Business School. Each school will then return to the main online event to pitch their ideas to the Dragons and field questions. The Henley Business School Dragons’ Den 2017 prize will be awarded to the school with the best developed idea.

Whilst stretching and challenging Gifted & Talented students, this webinar additionally offers an insight into university and, in particular, the ways in which Business is taught at university level. We hope that it will get your students thinking and stimulate ideas around entrepreneurship and their future choices of education and career. The link with young, enthusiastic undergraduates has also been shown to have significant motivational benefits for school students.

The agenda for the event is:

13.30 Introduction to the business challenge (All academies together) – Dr Norbert Morawetz

13.45 Schools then work through a proposal for a new product connected in to one of the undergraduate business students who will act as a facilitator/mentor – each school will be in a different, simultaneous session with Norbert dropping by every now and again!

14.20 Each group will present their products to a panel from The Henley Business School.

15.00 Panel Deliberates

15.05 Concluding thoughts, a thankyou and announcement of the business game winner. 

15.15 Close

Session Leader Biography (Please Click): Dr Norbert Morawetz

Suitable for: Year 10 Gifted & Talented Students

Preparation/Pre-reading: Students are encouraged to refresh their memories about the Dragons’ Den format and consider the elements required for a successful pitch.

The IT Setup: The setup is similar to Skype, using a pc and webcam, although students take part as a group with the image projected on a whiteboard rather than as individuals in front of lots of pcs. Dedicated videoconferencing equipment is also compatible if available to the school. We will work with your IT department to ensure everything is set up and working prior to the event. This sessions will be limited to 4 schools to maintain the interactive nature of the experience.

Booking a Place: If you have a group of students that you would like to take part in this event, please contact us via email or via the contact form at the top right of this webpage. Subject to availability we will book a place for you.


20th June 2017
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
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