Gillotts Students in Final of National Design Competition

The Design Ventura scheme gets teenagers aged 13-16 across the UK to pitch ideas for new products, one of which will be fully developed and go on sale in the Design Museum shop for charity.

Year 9 Gillotts Creative Technologies students had the opportunity to take part in Design Ventura this year. The team  ‘SquareStand’ (a wooden flat pack stand that allows you to prop up a book, phone or tablet) comprising of Angus Fraser, Desmond Malatt, Dan Loumont and Cameron Macdonald were successful in being selected for the final of this national competition, making it into the top 10 state schools out of 13,400 students participating. They were invited the Design Museum on 10 December to compete in a pitching event where they presented their idea to an expert panel of judges which included design, business and entrepreneurial professionals, such as Heather Corcoran, outreach lead at Kickstarter, Duncan Sanders, head of trading at the Design Museum, Christoph Woermann, head of marketing global transaction banking at Deutsche Bank, and Donna Wilson, a Scottish textile designer and head of the judging panel, Sebastian Conran, product designer.

They had a fantastic day, receiving coaching from Design Museum staff and benefited from watching the other teams deliver pitches of a very high standard. Sebastian Conran described the ‘SquareStand’ as an ingenious little product and commended the Gillotts team on the maturity of their pitch.The team also won pitching day design challenge exercise. The winner of Design Ventura 2018-2019 will be announced at a special event at the Design Museum in February.

We wish the Gillotts SquareStand team all the best with this!

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