Huddersfield New College Computing, IT and Games Design students recently took part in the annual IMPACT challenge, a Dragon’s Den style competition where students develop a range of IT based business ideas which are then presented to a panel of external expert Dragons.

This full day event sees students developing their IT related business concepts under the guidance of external experts, and being supported to develop a professional standard pitch. Each group create a presentation on their idea, and a range of supporting materials including marketing materials and a research pack. Students then present their ideas to the panel and answer questions.

There were some innovative business ideas pitched including Spex, an exclusive gaming platform, and Hand to Command, a plug-in device that provides a reading out loud service to those with sight difficulties.

The overall winning idea was Nutri-Switch (the winning group is pictured above), a nutritional based app which provides advice for those with allergies and lower cost or healthier alternatives to various products. The creative app sees users being able to scan a barcode to access alternatives, and pricing information.

Dr Joe Norton, Head of Computing, IT and Games says: “Our IMPACT day is a fantastic opportunity for students to be challenged and learn from a wide range of external business experts to extend their skills and knowledge. Students worked in teams to create their business concepts, research the market and deliver a professional presentation. It is just one example of how our students enjoy some unique challenges that help to prepare them for the future. There were some really innovative ideas presented to our Dragons. I would like to thank our experts for their support, and congratulate our students on their exciting range of concepts."