Lambeth Made: Levi Roots inspires young people’s entrepreneurial spirit

6 December 2019

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Brixton’s most famous entrepreneur Levi Roots made a return to the Dragon’s Den with more than fifty Lambeth pupils who pitched for funding to back their brand new social enterprises.

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Lambeth Made: Levi Roots inspires young people’s entrepreneurial spirit

Young social entrepreneurs from eight local primary, secondary and special schools joined Levi at Lambeth Town Hall in November. Other Dragons in the Den included Diana Nabagereka, General Manager of Brixton Markets, Xochitl Benjamin, co-founder of the hugely successful Brixton Brewery and Yvonne Field from the Ubele initiative, which builds sustainable communities through supporting BAME entrepreneurs.

Funds awarded

Levi and his fellow Dragons awarded shares of a £650 seed fund to the schools who pitch the best plans which had to show their ideas were sustainable, realistic and they must demonstrate passion about their social aims.

Joint winners

The joint winners were St Helens Primary School pupils (pictured) who won £100 of investment from their Dragons for their smoothie idea for the homeless and were also offered a free pop market stall in Brixton Village, so they can experience trading for real. Southbank UTC who came up with a unique idea to address Sanitary Poverty amongst young girls, who also received £100. The other six schools all received £75 investment each and lots of advice.

What happens next

The programme of Social Enterprise Education will now continue in all schools throughout the year until April and there will be further awards at the end

Lambeth Made

The event was coordinated by Lambeth Made, a unique campaign founded and supported by Lambeth Council, NHS Lambeth CCG and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust Charity to make Lambeth one of the best places in the world for children and young people to grow up. They worked in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy.

The schools that took part were:

  • St Helens Primary School, Brixton
  • Immanuel and St Andrews Primary School, Streatham
  • Michael Tippet College, Clapham Park
  • South Bank Engineering UTC, Brixton
  • Telferscot School Primary School, Streatham
  • Elms Court School, Tulse Hill
  • Clapham Manor Primary School, Clapham
  • Crown Lane Primary School, Streatham

Watch the event video

To see a video of the event visit YouTube at