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Dragons’ Den for Young Entrepreneurs

When: Wednesday 12 May

Time: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: The Event Space


Red Brick Building’s

Dragons’ Den

For Young Entrepreneurs



£1,000 prize pot available

Apply by 30th April 2021


Are you a budding young entrepreneur in the making?

Aged 16 – 25, based in Mendip, and have a brilliant new business idea?

Want support to launch a new local business or grow your existing start-up?


Pitch your idea at our Dragons’ Den event for the chance to win cash and 1:1 business support!


Event Details

The Dragons’ Den event will take place on Wednesday 12th May, via Zoom. Exact times will be confirmed with all finalists, but will likely be early evening to take into consideration work, college and school commitments.

Successful applicants will participate in two Zoom meetings with the Dragons on 12th May. The first meeting will be to pitch their business idea and answer any questions from the Dragons. The second meeting will be with all finalists, as the Dragons announce their winner.



We have a total of £1,000 to give away. Prizes will be awarded to the overall winner, as well as two runners-up:

Overall Winner: £700 + a one-to-one 3-hour session with a business advisor + ongoing support from Somerset Business Agency.

Runners-Up: £150 + a one-to-one 3-hour session with a business advisor + ongoing support from Somerset Business Agency.


The Dragons

Our judging panel will consist of:

Paul Eavis MBE, co-owner of two ‘Bocabar’ restaurants in Bristol with his wife, Mel. A successful businessman, Paul is a longstanding member of the Red Brick Building Board of Directors. Previously, he was a Senior Advisor on Armed Violence Prevention at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Director of the international conflict resolution NGO, Saferworld.

Katherine Clarke, a Youth and Community Team Leader for YMCA Brunel Group and Red Brick Building Youth Club Leader. Katherine is also a mentor for Glastonbury Youth Council.

Edd Medlicott, Managing Director of Orme Architecture. Based in Somerset, Orme was established in 1995 and has become an innovative, award-winning architectural practice with a strong environmental conscience.

Robert Burns MBE, of the successful Burns the Bread bakeries. Somerset’s own Master Baker, Bob Burns, opened the first Burns the Bread in Glastonbury in 1983 with his wife Sandra. He now now has seven baker’s shops across the county, as well as a school of baking.

“We know lockdown has sparked many new business concepts and we look forward to being wowed by the innovative business ideas from the creative young entrepreneurs that come forward. We can’t wait to help guide them to the road of success.” – Katherine Clarke


How to Apply

In order to apply, you’ll need an application pack. To get your application pack, please email Bev Smith on enterprise@redbrickbuilding.co.uk.

We accept both written and video submissions; whichever you prefer.

Applications must be submitted to enterprise@redbrickbuilding.co.uk by Friday 30th April.

Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 7th May.


Eligibility for Entry

Applicants must be aged 16 – 25 and residing in Mendip, Somerset.

Applications can be for a brand new business or an existing business. The business can be of any type, but we particularly welcome applications for social enterprises.

The prize money should be used to directly benefit or support the proposed business. This could include (but is not limited to): marketing campaigns; purchasing of goods, materials or equipment; website costs; upscaling costs.

All finalists must be able to attend two Zoom meetings on Wednesday 12th May.

The overall winner agrees to spend the money on the proposal as agreed, and provide the Red Brick Building with a report on the business in 6 months’ time. Further details will be outlined when the money is granted.



If you have any questions, or would like further info, please email Bev Smith on enterprise@redbrickbuilding.co.uk

Event Organiser

The Red Brick Building

01458 899564