Success stories

University of Edinburgh Business School

Most Innovative Award 2018/19

The University of Edinburgh Business School team created a unique scratch-off map of the city of Edinburgh, called the ScratchEd Map. They collaborated with an artist to design it and partnered with local businesses to include their cafes, restaurants and attractions.

The maps were sold through their dedicated website as well as at local bookshops, markets and events, and they added to their income through fundraising events like yoga mornings. When HRH the Princess Royal visited the university they were even able to present her with her very own ScratchEd Map!

Team member, Mally Smith:

“Dragons’ Glen has been a unique experience, allowing our team to learn and accomplish so much in just five short months. It has been especially inspiring to witness the powerful partnership between entrepreneurship and social good. Our experience with Dragons’ Glen and Children 1st will serve as an inspiration for years to come!”

Aviva

Challenge Winner 2018/19

The Aviva team created a cookery book that brought together the different cultures in their team – a mixture of traditional UK, Indian and Italian food. It was sold in the office, at community events and to family and friends.

Alongside the cookbook they did a huge amount of fundraising, like raffles, a Santa run and a sponsored slim. They also set up and ran a pop up charity shop in Blairgowrie. In total the team raised over £15,000 to support children and families in Scotland and walked away the winner of the 2018/19 challenge.

Team captain, Lyn Macdonald:

“Our Aviva Team, Samudaay (Hindu for community), have had a fantastic time working with our Dragon Colin Woodward and raising money for a great cause. We have all learned more about ourselves and really built on our community. It was a great initiative and I would encourage others to get involved in future Dragons’ Glen.”

Simmons Energy

Runners Up 2018/19

The Simmons Energy team kicked off their challenge with a fashion show on day one to support their business plan and raised over £4,500. They were able to reinvest this to produce luxury candles and diffusers, and they managed to sell all of them.

They also held smaller fundraising events throughout the competition including:

  • Simmons Masters: an office based putting competition and bake sale.
  • Simmons Dragons Glen Six Nation Fantasy League
  • Silent auction of a voucher for a golfing experience at Trump International Golf Course

All fundraising activities were organised as a team and they managed to raise over £13,600 in total!

Team captain, Ailie Dewar:

“Dragon’s Glen has been an incredible experience for us. We pushed ourselves to achieve more than we thought possible, and we are really proud to have raised so much for such a deserving cause.”

Read more about last years’ winners and how seven years of Dragons’ Glen has raised over £471k to support children and families in Scotland when they need it most.