NEFer venture One Third Stories braves BBC’s Dragons Den

NEF Alumni venture One Third Stories stepped up to the challenge of BBC’s Dragons Den last Sunday, pitching their educational children’s books to the panel of Dragons. One Third Stories was founded by Alex Somervell, from the NEF Class of 2016, along with his co-founder Jonny Pryn.

They impressed Peter Jones, who offered £60,000 for 20% of the business. However, they turned the offer down as they didn’t want to give Peter Jones a ‘preferential’ stake in the business above existing investors.

One Third Stories is now worth a reported £2.64million – eight times the amount Peter Jones valued it at.

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Born and raised in Paraguay, Alex moved to the UK to study when he was 17. He graduated in 2015 with a 1st Class Degree in International Relations with Italian and Portuguese from the University of Exeter. He international experience studying at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, working in the Commercial Department of Giorgio Armani in Italy, and volunteering for AIESEC International during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He completed the NEF programme as part of the Class of 2016. Alex said:

“I grew up bilingual in Paraguay to British parents, whereas Jonny’s language learning experience consisted of a French teacher with a cockney accent. Language learning is not where I think it should or could be. We want to inspire the next generation of linguists in the UK and beyond.”



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One Third Stories

 One Third Stories

Alex and Jonny are on a mission to make learning a language as simple as reading a story, through children’s books that start in English and end in a different language. They developed the Clockwork Methodology™ alongside the Spanish Embassy, the Goethe-Institut and Nottingham University to make this happen, & count thousands of count thousands of happy children, parents and teachers as supporters. The ideal age range is children of 4-11, but the stories are perfect for anyone at a beginner level looking to learn French, Spanish, Italian or German.


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