Finance and legal leaders call for team pitches for Scotland’s ‘most exciting entrepreneurial challenge’

Senior leaders from Deloitte LLP and Morton Fraser LLP have combined forces to call on corporate teams to pitch their brightest business ideas to them, as part of our Dragons’ Glen corporate challenge.

Graeme Carmichael (left), Senior Manager, Advisory, at Deloitte LLP and Austin Flynn (right), a Partner in the Corporate Team at Morton Fraser LLP will join other top business leaders in mentoring teams of young entrepreneurs as they turn an investment of £500 into more than £5,000 worth of profit.

This is the first year that Deloitte’s Graeme Carmichael has put teams through the heat of Dragons’ Glen. After hearing team’s initial pitches, Graeme and his fellow Dragons will decide which team to support through the five month challenge which aims to raise as much money as possible to keep children in Scotland safe from trauma and abuse.

Graeme said: “This year myself and the other Scottish dragons are looking for inspiring fresh entrepreneurial ideas from corporate teams that can help to raise vital funds for Children 1st. This is the most exciting charity challenge I have ever seen.”

Morton Fraser’s Austin Flynn is back for his second year as a Dragon, having seen just how much impact the challenge can have on employees’ entrepreneurial skills.

Austin said: “Dragons’ Glen is a unique opportunity for companies to engage employees & support them to develop a range of entrepreneurial skills. The challenge is the perfect fit for companies that want to expose their graduates and trainees to skills out with their normal day to day job.”

In 2018/19 Austin supported a team from the University of Edinburgh Business School who raised over £5.5K by developing and selling one-of-a-kind scratch-off maps of Edinburgh to visitors looking for an artistic and interactive souvenir of their stay in the city.

Mally Smith, representing the University of Edinburgh Business School team said: “Dragons’ Glen is an incredible experience and a fantastic way to get connected with an inspiring community of people who are really devoted to doing good. It was amazing to work with Austin - he was hugely valuable, giving us advice and supporting us throughout the challenge.”

Since Dragon’s Glen launched in 2013 teams from 29 leading Scottish businesses have raised over £471,000 to prevent and protect children and families from harm and to support them to recover from trauma and abuse. Dragons are now looking for businesses across Scotland to enter teams for the 2019/20 challenge and take the total funds raised to over £500K.

To find out more or to sign up for the challenge visit the Dragons' Glen webpages.