Dragon's Den

On Monday 12th December, The International Centre for Digital Content was the chosen venue for the long awaited unveiling of the final report on Entrepreneurship, from The Merseyside Entrepreneurship Commission (a joint project between Phil Redmond and The Merseyside Chambers of Commerce).

Following the launch of the report and a series of short seminars the afternoon commenced with a "Dragons Den" style event organized by ICDC. The event consisted of five aspiring entrepreneurs who in turn pitched their ideas to secure a 5000 prize to invest in their business venture!

The up and coming entrepreneurs included; Eileen McCarthy, director of UKauctioneers.com brings the world of fine art and antique auctions to your fingertips in the simplest way possible. It's the place to browse auction catalogues online, leave commission bids, check auction sale results and much more (https://www.ukauctioneers.com).

Tobias Hardy & Chris Dowty, owners of Text & Sell - an innovative system which allows users to photograph items using their mobile phone and then text the image to an auction style website. This allows them to sell items easily by the simple use of a phone.

David Hesketh director of Taecanet; Taecanet is an innovative e-learning services company based in the UK. Their aim is to support teachers and students through the delivery of personalised learning any place, any time. They provide a fun national curriculum based e-learning service, harnessing the richness of the Internet in a uniquely safe and controlled way (https://www.taecanet.com).

Eric Masaba with his company TEXXI - The Taxi you text! Texxi, the taxi you text is a very simple taxi sharing scheme that will improve your travel experience at times of high demand when you can never get a taxi!.

David Burrows, showcasing his company, KNOWAT. Knowat is an innovative new system which uses handheld computers and wireless networks to allow businesses to monitor instant customer and staff feedback. It is supported by People First who are the sector skills council for tourism, leisure, hospitality and travel. Also, other support organisations include The Mersey Partnership, Cheshire and Warrington tourist board and Visit Scotland.

The event proved extremely successful and the competition was so close that the Dragon's could not decide on a winner between "Text & Sell" and "UKauctioneers", therefore the 5,000 prize was split between the two companies. Director of UKauctioneers, Eileen McCarthy comments "We are thrilled. Winning this prize is a perfect way to finish our first year in business it's fantastic to have people recognise our potential and re-enforces our determination to make the site an unqualified success".

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