Kinlochlovin’ Slay the Dragons!
The Dragons were Kinlochlovin’ it!
Kinlochlovin’, an amazing social enterprise and OSCR registered charity set up to support young people, slayed the Dragons and were victorious in the battle to become the winning entry in Dragons’ Glen as part of Lochaber Ideas Week 2017.
Here’s what happened….
The Night of the Dragons
The Dragons returned with a vengeance this year to take part in Dragons’ Glen 2017 as part of Lochaber Ideas Week. They were as fierce as ever as they quizzed, questioned and left no stone unturned in their search for the next big business idea, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in Lochaber.
Facing the Dragons
Kinlochlovin’ were one of just six local businesses, all with great business ideas, chosen to face the Dragons. They and the other five businesses, fearlessly battled it out on the night and treated us to a video showcasing their plans, followed by a short presentation to the Dragons. We then watched as each business answered questions set by the feisty Dragons on the technical nitty-gritty.
The Dragons comprised:
- Angus MacDonald; UK Entrepreneur of the Year.
- Anja Baak of Great Glen Charcuterie; producer of locally sourced venison charcuterie.
- Steve Ham of The Underwater Centre; provider of world-class subsea training.
- Emma Parton of The Highland Soap Co.®; producer of handmade soaps and toiletries.
The questions came at a fast and furious pace, quizzing the contestants on their business finances and growth strategies of their employment plans. At the end of the evening, the Dragons voted on the three business ideas to go forward as Finalists and, you guessed it Kinlochlovin’ made it through to the Final. There followed a nail biting wait until the announcement at the Gala Dinner which marks the end of Lochaber Ideas Week.
Taming the Dragons
The big night arrived, and the room was filled with a buzz of excitement as the three Finalists waited eagerly for the winner to be announced. Kinlochlovin’ were delighted (and momentarily speechless!) to have been chosen as the winning entry, up against so many other equally worthy competitors. Here they are being awarded their superb £10,000 prize, funded by West Coast Communities Growth Trust administered by Foundation Scotland.
We have no doubt that this will enable Kinlochlovin’ to go from strength to strength in their plans to pass on their social enterprise strategies to other groups and we wish them all the best for the future.