Young entrepreneurs from Uxbridge College showcased their original ideas in a competition based on BBC2's Dragons' Den.

Teams from Uxbridge College in west London presented their money-making schemes to a panel of business undergraduates from the University of Westminster, who picked the ones they thought would make the most successful investments.

Ideas to make millions included:

* The Vend-a-Lot team's seasonal vending machines on trains
* - an online football game viewing service
* All Terrain's specialist 3-in-1 trainers that adapt for any sports surface
* VVL's Online, a support service for students
* Penz 2 Paper - personalized clothing line.

The winner was All Terrain and team member Sandra Bemah Asuming (16), from Slough, said: "It is fantastic to win, it was nerve-racking at first presenting our idea but okay once we got going.

"They told us that our design was good and we had the basic idea, but we needed to think more about our target markets."

A total of 19 BTEC National and First Diploma business students from Uxbridge College, who have been coached in developing their ideas by student mentors from the University during the year, took part. Judging took place at the University's Harrow campus on 27 June.

Katharine Dent, Acting Course Team Leader in Vocational Business at Uxbridge College, said: "This has been a worthwhile and exciting programme for our students who have greatly enjoyed both trips to the University and competing with their colleagues. The students have worked hard, have developed valuable skills and now have a great addition to add to their CVs or UCAS forms!"

Diane Reade, Enrichment and Achievement Officer at Uxbridge College, said: "This is a good example of the very best of curriculum related enrichment activities. Not only do students develop their team working and presentation skills but learning is reinforced in a most imaginative and enjoyable way."

University of Westminster spokesman said: "This has been a terrific opportunity for the University of Westminster undergraduates to develop mentoring and team-leadership skills and share business ideas with the students from Uxbridge College. I think both sides have benefited immensely and I hope we will all be working together again."

* In the winning team, 'All Terrain,' were: Nazab Azhar, Mxolisi Dean Maphosa, Bellal Aziz and Sandra Bemah Asuming.

Runners-up were 'Vend-a-lot' with team members: Abdifatah Aden, Kenisha Julien and Javed Ahmadi.

Prizes included iPod music players, business books, and USB memory sticks.


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