Roger Cole (far right) at Young Enterprise Dragons' Den (1)

Humphries Kirk invests in Young Enterprise groups at Dragons’ Den event

| Published on February 19, 2019

A solicitor at Dorset and Somerset law firm Humphries Kirk was one of five ‘dragon’ judges at the Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den event in Poole.

Roger Cole, commercial solicitor at Humphries Kirk, acted as a Dragon and listened to groups of year 10 and year 12 students pitching business plans with the hope of winning a £50 investment for their companies. Each group pitched their business plan in under three minutes and then Dragons were given the opportunity to question the groups on their pitches, before deciding which companies to invest in.

The event, held at the Borough of Poole Civic Centre, was organised by Young Enterprise as part of a flagship Company Programme to enable young people to set up their own business and learn about enterprise.

Roger chose to invest £25 in Velocita and £25 in ASCES. Velocita, from Poole High School, created bio-degradable plantable seed paper to make greetings cards, and a selection of Dragons bought their Valentine’s cards from the company. ASCES, from All Saints School in Weymouth, created an eco-friendly phone amplifier made from wood.

Roger Cole, commercial solicitor at Humphries Kirk, commented: “It was a privilege to take part as the Humphries Kirk Dragon in this year’s Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den event. I was very impressed by the confidence and ambition demonstrated by all the student participants.

“I chose to invest in two companies, Velocita and ASCES. Both companies showcased fantastic sustainable and eco-friendly products and were very astute to what the current market trends are.”

The annual Dragons’ Den event encourages students to work on their confidence and business skills, as well as pitch their business plans to professionals for the chance to receive real funds.

Mel Vasileva, Young Enterprise Dorset area manager, said: “We were thrilled to have Humphries Kirk on board as one of the judges. We are always on the lookout for Dorset Young Enterprise support – if you think you can help, please contact”

Humphries Kirk has offices in Bournemouth, Parkstone, Poole, Swanage, Wareham, Dorchester and Crewkerne and has an international network of lawyers. Visit for further information.

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