Dragon launches youth competition


Peter Jones, star of TV’s Dragon’s Den, and chairman of business-led enterprise campaign Enterprise UK, has invited young people from Cornwall to enter Make Your Mark with a Tenner.

Now in its third year, the nationwide competition challenges young people to make as much money, and social impact as they can with a humble £10 note – in just one month.

Make Your Mark with a Tenner is now open for registration. Schools and colleges in Cornwall can take registered students to take part in the initiative and secure a share of the £200k Tenner ‘bank’ funded by Peter Jones and Michael and Xochi Birch, the founders of social networking site Bebo.

Last year 1,252 young people took part in the competition in the south west. Schools taking part in Cornwall this year include Launceston College.

Commenting on the competition, Tim Smit of the Eden Project said: “It is fantastic to see this project return as it encourages enterprising young people to think with real care about the social benefit of their projects and how their profits can help others. The young people involved last year were an example of how we can all act to make the world a better place and I’m sure it will be the same in 2010.”

Teachers and tutors can enter the competition on behalf of their school or college by completing an application form.