Health app trio im­press the Dragons

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

A trio of en­trepreneurs from Coat­bridge High fin­ished as run­ners-up in North La­nark­shire’s eighth an­nual “Dragons’ Lair” com­pe­ti­tion.

Leah Camp­bell, Lo­gan Mitchell and Alex Scott im­pressed judges with their new app, Breathe, to help peo­ple deal with men­tal health is­sues.

Their tech­no­log­i­cal in­ven­tion would fea­ture live chats with ex­perts or peo­ple deal­ing with the same is­sues, a mood diary and helpline phone numbers – aim­ing to “cre­ate a safe com­mu­nity for young peo­ple with men­tal ill­nesses to pre­vent them from self-harm­ing and help them deal with their prob­lems”.

Pupils from Our Lady’s High in Cumbernauld took the top prize for their “Lit­tle Bag of Hope” pro­ject to help peo­ple sleep­ing rough in Glas­gow; while the six fi­nal­ists also in­cluded a team from St Am­brose High in Coat­bridge.

A to­tal of 72 pupils f rom 16 sec­ondary schools across North La­nark­shire orig­i­nally en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion, run by North La­nark­shire Coun­cil and Busi­ness Gate­way La­nark­shire. Each devel­oped busi­ness plans for their ideas, with the fi­nal­ists pitch­ing their projects to ex­pert “Dragons” Scott Webb of event spon­sors UK Steel Enterprise, Denise Can­ning of 121 HR So­lu­tions, Joanne Telfer of Ten Live Group and Danny Mur­phy of Gor­don Fer­gu­son CA.

Scott said: “This is a su­perb ini­tia­tive which in­tro­duces young peo­ple to the world of busi­ness and a po­ten­tial ca­reer op­tion when they fin­ish school.

“I’ve been in­volved for a num­ber of years and have seen the stan­dard of en­tries in­crease year on year; I never fail to be im­pressed at the in­ge­nu­ity and ef­fort the young peo­ple put into their busi­ness plans and it’s get­ting more and more dif­fi­cult to se­lect a win­ner – proof that the en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit is alive and well in North La­nark­shire.”

Enterprise con­vener Al­lan Gra­ham said: “Many of this year’s fi­nal­ists fo­cused on so­cial en­ter­prises, show­ing their in­ter­est in is­sues af­fect­ing our so­ci­ety and com­mit­ment to find­ing so­lu­tions; I com­mend all our en­trants for their ini­tia­tive and en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit.”

On fire Coat­bridge High run­ners-up (from left) Alex, Leah and Lo­gan are pic­tured with (back) ed­u­ca­tion con­vener Frank McNally, dragons Danny Mur­phy, Scott Webb, Denise Can­ning and Joanne Telfer, and enterprise con­vener Al­lan Gra­ham

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