In 2017, CVSU announced the launch of the Dragons Apprentice Challenge involving three local secondary schools and a local college. This is a community initiative linking students from local schools and colleges with local businesses and charities.
The Dragons Apprentice Challenge is an innovative annual Business Challenge for students, typically between 16 and 17 years old. Teams are given £100 seed capital, matched with a local business professional (Dragon) and paired with a local Charity Partner.
They have 4 months to come up with a business idea, make it happen and report on it. The aim is for teams to turn their £100 into £1000+ through executing a single or series of business ideas. All profits made by the teams are presented directly to their allocated charity.