11:06AM, Sunday 14 February 2016
A budding Richard Branson will feature in a new programme for young entrepreneurs.
Charlie Ingham from Windsor is set to appear on CBBC’s Pocket Money Pitch, a new show, presented by BBC Breakfast business reporter Steph McGovern.
The show provides a children’s version of the popular Dragons’ Den show, where mini entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas as they bid to make them a reality.
Charlie came up with a unique idea to protect phone screens from breaking after his mum, Susie, kept smashing hers.
The St Edward’s Middle School pupil designed the invention on a flight to New York for his mum’s 40th birthday in August last year.
When he was told the idea was successful, the Inghams cut short Susie’s birthday trip and flew home for filming.
But for now the 11-year-old is having to remain tight-lipped on what exactly his creation involves until the programme airs later this month.
“Charlie is a mini Richard Branson, I used to work for Virgin and he’s wanted to be like him since he was five or six,” said proud mum Susie.
“When he was little he wanted to make a dog hotel, now he is coming up with ideas that are more likely to work.”
Charlie is keen to pursue his idea whatever happens on the show and his parents have already looked into potential developers in China.
The winning child from the show will be awarded £223, a year’s worth of pocket money and time to spend with a ‘business guru’ to make their idea a reality.
The budding entrepreneurs go head to head in a ‘pitch battle’.
The children could be paired with one of nine buddies who are business gurus, including Levi Roots, founder of Reggae Reggae Sauce and fashion designer Myleene Klass.
Pocket Money Pitch is on CBBC at 5.30pm on Mondays and Charlie will reveal his big idea on February 22.
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