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Dragon's Apprentice Challenge



The Dragons' Apprentice Challenge is a community initiative providing a platform linking students from schools with local businesses and local charities/community groups. 

The Dragons' Apprentice Challenge offers Year 12 students the opportunity to experience setting up and running a business, gaining organisational and job related skills and learning about the work and beneficiaries of their designated charity.

When the Challenge commences, teams of young people are matched with a local business mentor (their dragon) and a local charity or community group. Their challenge is to turn £100 into £1,000 for their designated charity/voluntary organisation.

Dragons provide support in the form of advice and access to resources to help their team achieve their business goal and funding target.


All profits made by the teams go directly to their allocated charity/community organisation (all of whom are North Herts CVS members). The challenge runs annually from October to March.


We are always looking for new business mentors to act as Dragons so if you are interested in taking part in future challenges please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. Download the registration form and terms and conditions


We are always looking for schools and colleges to engage with the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge. If you would like to register a school team for the upcoming challenge you can download the form here




North Herts CVS run the Challenge across North Hertfordshire and Stevenage but it also operates across Hertfordshire.

Please visit for further details of other areas.