Entering The Dragons’ Den



We are grateful to Steve Fearon (RBAI 1981-88), Vice President at Oracle, who hosted sixteen pupils at Oracle’s Digital European Sales & Marketing headquarters in Dublin this week. 

Having come through a competitive process to win a place on the visit, the boys undertook a range of sales and marketing challenges, before entering the ‘Dragons Den’ to pitch a new product.  Steve explained why he wanted to support RBAI: 

“The current generation of pupils are soon to be in the workforce and can be the next generation of business leaders.  Alongside an excellent academic grounding, it’s vital they test themselves and explore prospective careers early. There is a wide range of outstanding career opportunities within the technology sector, and I hope this experience will fuel the ambition of all those involved.”  


The Principal reflected on the visit:

“It was very encouraging to see the boys step out of their comfort zones and engage fully in the challenge. They gained great insight into digital selling, and we are grateful to Steve and his team for organising this bespoke experience.”

Following their visit to Oracle, the boys travelled across Dublin for a private briefing at Twitter’s European Sales & Marketing headquarters, organised by RBAI Governor Colin Johnston. This visit provided a stimulating insight into the growth of advertising and marketing across the Twitter platform.      

This visit to two of the largest technology firms in the world provided our pupils with an outstanding insight into the modern world of work and the technology sector. Luke Warrener from Lower 6th commented on his experience:

“I now understand the skills and qualities required if I want to work in a global technology firm. I really enjoyed the challenge to come up with a unique product and pitch it to senior executives in Oracle”.