Caricaturist scoops £3000 support after Dragons' Den triumph

A professional caricaturist who has developed a Learn How to Draw People as Cartoons starter kit for children is the winner of Telford & Wrekin Council’s £3,000 Dragons Den competition.

Caricaturist scoops £3000 support after Dragons' Den triumph

The competition was part of Enterprise Telford, the local version of Global Entrepreneurship Week which ran during last week.

On the spot artist Chris Ryder triumphed after judges were captivated by her already-formed business Wittypics Ltd.

The starter kit is aimed at encouraging children in learning to enjoy the skill of the caricature artform. It includes step by step guides, laminated templates, paper, pen and pencil.

Chris said: "My research shows there is nothing like it on the market. It is colourful, good fun and educational and is the first of many kits I am planning.

"I will be developing the drawing kit into an app and a DVD package for schools including photocopiable sheets and a scheme of work to meet the curriculum."

After pitching her business idea to the judges, Chris has won £3,000 worth of business support including a business master class with follow up coaching,.

The package also includes a logo, branding, intellectual property advice provided by Good2Great, laptop and consultancy from Capgemini, public relations from Zen Communications, promotional video by Jakim B Media,website assistance provided by Blue Hub Solutions and support from Chadstone Accountancy & Tax

Wittypics’ starter kit is aimed at children seven and over and is already selling in the shops. Shrewsbury Town FC has ordered a football version and Chris feels there is potential for every football club in the country to sell the kits in their shop.

Chris is also developing a bride and groom cartoon kit and kits for other sports such as golf, tennis and rugby.

Second place in the Dragons Den competition went to Wrekin College who had a scheme to sell detachable and interchangeable furniture, picking up a £100 voucher from Business Watch Guarding plus an additional £200 voucher for the best Young Dragons.

Third went to Kole Agundiipe, whose idea was an events/travel business with a focus on Paris.

Councillor Bill McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Finance and Enterprise, said: “This event showed that the entrepreneurial flame is well and truly burning right here in Telford and I expected nothing less.

“The standard of ideas and quality of pitches was really high and it was a very difficult decision for the judges. However, we have a worthy winner with an innovative idea that has already created its own niche market and I look forward to watching Chris’s progress as she takes advantages of the fantastic package of support that she can now access after winning the competition.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in both the Dragons Den competition and all the other events that took place during Enterprise Telford – it has been rewarding to see the desire to succeed in life from a whole range of ages and walks of life.”