Dragon Peter Jones CBE to launch entrepreneur initiative in primary schools
The Dragons' Den star will be rolling out national Tycoon in Schools competition to children as young as five to equip them "for post-EU UK"
Peter Jones CBE, known for his role on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, has announced that he will be extending his Tycoon in Schools competition to primary schools – in order to promote entrepreneurial skills and a start-up culture to children as young as five.
First launched in 2012, Tycoon in Schools is a free national enterprise scheme which gives schoolchildren the chance to run a business whilst at school or college.
Since the initiative began, the number of schools taking part in the competition has tripled with more than 900 new businesses having raised almost a quarter of a million pounds in start-up loans.
Jones commented: “As the UK embarks on an uncertain post-EU economic path we need to equip the next generation – from as young an age as possible – with the confidence, business acumen and practical skills they need to thrive.
“Our children will play a critical role in defining Britain’s future prosperity. I want to inspire children to ‘dream big’ and believe in their creative potential. We must do this across the country now by putting enterprise at the heart of the UK’s education system.”
Primary schools can sign up to take part in Tycoon in Schools here.