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Dragon's Den at Oswestry School

A number of pupils here at Oswestry School have been involved in a Dragon's Den style event with a twist.

In recognition of the lack of pupil voice in the development of EdTech Oswestry's computer scientists teamed up with Richard Taylor, the investor behind a range of budding start-ups including NightZookeeper, NearDesk and Edapt, to design the next big thing in education.

Pupils learnt how to make a pitch, evaluate the size of a potential market and secure seed funding. Ben Barton, the founder of Zondle, Skyped half-way through the day to offer advice direct from the beating heart of the London tech scene.

As the day drew to a close pupils clamoured to put the finishing touches to their ideas before presenting them in front of the team of Dragons. Mr Taylor was joined on the panel by Ian Nairn of C-learning and by local entrepreneur, and Oswestry parent, Neil Ruby, as well as Oswestry School's very own business guru Linda Stephens.

The event was won by a team presenting an ingenious App called TouchLock, designed to solve security and registration problems in schools.