Scots businesses raise over £471k to support children and families over seven years of Dragons’ Glen challenge

Teams from 29 leading Scottish organisations have taken part in Dragons’ Glen since 2012, raising an amazing total of £475,744 for Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. The 2018/19 challenge raised an impressive £71,933.

Teams and Dragons at the 2019 Dragons' Glen competition awards ceremony

Dragons’ Glen is Scotland’s entrepreneurial challenge for businesses. The teams were mentored by our Dragons, foremost Scottish business leaders, including: Ruth Chandler, Chief People Officer at Skyscanner, Rob Letham, Finance Director at People’s Postcode Lottery, and Craig Burnside, Interim CEO at Aviva. 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 the Awards Ceremony on 24 April at the Playfair Library, Edinburgh. A team of employees from Aviva won the competition by raising £15,572. Their main product was to create a Cookery Book containing a mixture of traditional UK, Indian and Italian food to reflect the mix of cultures within their team. In addition to this the team also hosted a pop-up charity shop which saw everyone pull together collecting donations, storing items and get involved in selling items in the shop. Not satisfied with this, the team also hosted multiple raffles in their workplace, took part in a Santa Run and organised a sponsored slim.

Other award winners included:

  • Runner Up: Simmons & Co
  • Most Innovative: University of Edinburgh Business School
  • Most Future Promise: SSE
  • Special Commendation: EY Glasgow and Edinburgh

Aviva team captain Lyn Macdonald said: “Our 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’ Glens.”

Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive for Children 1st said: “We want to say a huge thanks to everyone from our fantastic Children 1st Dragons' Glens teams for showing such determination and commitment to helping children and families across Scotland. Together they’ve raised over 50% more than last year, all of which will go towards preventing, protecting and supporting children to recover from trauma and abuse.

“Thank you also to all of the companies and Dragons who make the challenge possible. At Children 1st we are bold and innovative in achieving our ambition of making sure every child in Scotland gets the support they need to thrive. It is fabulous to work with so many creative and ambitious young entrepreneurs through Dragons' Glen to achieve that goal.”

The competition continues to grow in popularity and takes part in five cities across Scotland: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Children 1st is now accepting entries for the 2019/20 challenge, which starts in October.

To find out more, please visit our Dragons' Glen pages