Department for Health

Student entrepreneurs win funding from Dragons

Wed Dec 04 12:53:00 GMT 2013

Student entrepreneurs have secured over £2000 of seed funding in this year’s Dragons’ Den competition, held by Enterprise Bath on 6th November. Ten students entered the competition and pitched their business ideas to a panel of Bath alumni enterprise experts. Of these, six were awarded funding to develop their ideas further, totalling £2060. This is more than double the amount that last year’s entries were awarded, reflecting what the Dragons described as a clear rise in the quality of the entrants’ business ideas and the professionalism of their pitches.

We are please to announce that two students from the faculty have been successful in receiving funding from the Dragons. Charlie Olley, 3rd year Sports and Exercise student, received funds to start his healthy fast food delivery service while 4th year Psychology student Alex Loughlin was funded to launch his smartphone and tablet recycling business.

Baran Ceylan, a 4th year Business Administration student, who was awarded funding for his product: a greetings card for all occasions said that entering the competition was a very positive experience for him, ‘I was really excited entering the Den. I’m passionate about my idea and it was a really good experience. And the Dragons are not as scary as the real Dragons’ Den Dragons, which is nice!’

The Dragons’ Den competition will run again in semester two, although this time students are required to submit a business plan before pitching to the Dragons. All students are encouraged to apply, even if they have never entered a business competition before. For more information, see the Dragons’ Den website.

Students are welcome to visit the Enterprise Bath offices in rooms 4.15 and 4.16 in Norwood House to discuss the Dragons’ Den competition, get advice on starting a business, or for information on developing business skills.

Alternatively, you can email enterprise@bath.ac.uk with questions about Dragons’ Den or any aspect of student enterprise.