Allianz Global Assistance UK Prepares Students for 'Dragons' Den'

The Challenge Network is the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. It runs youth and community programmes on a local level, to connect people from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and walks of life. The Challenge is an intense four part programme for 16 and 17 year olds delivered as part of the government’s National Citizen Service (NCS). The programme is comprised of physical and team challenges and social action projects. 

As part of their programme this summer, the teams of students were challenged with putting together a social campaign on a topic important to them and pitched their ideas to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel for funding. The panel was made up of professionals from around the Croydon area, including Allianz Global Assistance’s own Susan Rogers and Suzi Jones. 

Prior to their presentation to the Dragons, employees at Allianz Global Assistance volunteered to help the students with their business plans, offering top tips and advice. 

Serge Corel, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Assistance in the UK and Ireland, hosted one of the visits and sees great value in working in the local community. He comments, “Working with The Challenge Network has been a very rewarding process for everyone involved here at Allianz Global Assistance UK. It’s always gratifying to work with Croydon’s young people and it was a fantastic to see their ideas and visions for the borough. Hopefully, this experience will inspire some of them to move into the world of business, and all of them will have new skills and confidence to take with them into whichever path they choose. 

“As a company, we place great value on being part of the community in Croydon and giving back. This is just one of the many charity initiatives and community programmes we are involved with, bringing benefits to our staff and the people around us.” 

 Jeyanti Yorke, Corporate Development Manager at The Challenge Network adds, “We appreciate all the support and enthusiasm of the Allianz Global Assistance UK staff, as well as other local businesses, who all put a great deal of energy into our scheme. Allianz Global Assistance shared a great deal of expertise and time with the young people. We couldn’t run this programme without this kind of support, which really does change the lives of the young people we work with.”