Dragons' Glen entrepreneurial challenge raises over £150,000

Teams from 17 leading Scottish organisations took on the heat of Dragons’ Glen, smashed the target and raised £150,703.14 for Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity.

Simmons-Dragons Glen winners

Pic: Winning team, Simmons & Co, with Dragon, Ingrid Stewart of EnerMech

Dragons’ Glen is Scotland’s entrepreneurial challenge for businesses. The teams were mentored by our Dragons, foremost Scottish business leaders, including: Duncan Skinner of Wood Group PSN, Jennifer McGachie of People’s Postcode Lottery and Robert Gibson of Clydesdale Bank.

  • Their challenge: create a product and establish a business using £500 seed funding from Children 1st.
  • The goal: generate the most profit for the charity as possible in just five months.

This year, Dragons’ Glen culminated with an Awards Ceremony on 20 April at Edinburgh's Playfair Library. Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist Josh Littlejohn of innovative business Social Bite was the special guest speaker and handed out the awards.

A team of employees from Simmons & Co won the competition by raising an unprecedented £31,179.87. Their cookbook, A Taste of Aberdeen, featured recipes from renowned local chefs and restaurants and was an instant success.

Other award winners included:

  • Runner Up – Entier
  • Most Future Promise – Skyscanner
  • Most Innovative – Gordonstoun
  • Special Commendation – Aberdeen Asset Management.

Dragons Glen group shot

Pic: Dragons’ Glen teams and Dragons with Josh Littlejohn

Dragons’ Glen is a unique opportunity for companies to engage employees and support them to develop a range of skills. 92% of participants report an improvement in communication and 95% an improvement in entrepreneurship.

Collete MacLeod, Graduate Programme Manager, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), said: "Dragons’ Glen gives our graduates an opportunity to put learned commercial and personal skills into practice through entrepreneurship."

Dragons’ Glen raises vital funds which go towards supporting the work of Children 1st across Scotland. Children 1st provides practical advice and support to families in tough times and, when the worst happens, supports the survivors of abuse, neglect and other traumatic events in childhood to recover.

Barbara Kidd, Director of Fundraising for Children 1st said: "The amount raised by Dragons’ Glen is phenomenal – enough to provide six months of support for 250 children and families who need help to overcome abuse or make homes safer for children. We could not do this work without our corporate partners."

Since its launch in 2012, Dragons’ Glen has raised over £280,000. It continues to grow in popularity and now takes part in five cities across Scotland: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Children 1st is now accepting entries for the 2016-17 challenge, which starts in September.