University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Student Entrepreneurs Win Funding From Dragons

Related Links

Student entrepreneurs have secured over £2000 of seed funding in semester one’s Dragons’ Den competition. 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.

The students who received funding include 1st year BBA student Jack Cowell and 2nd year IMML student Jack MacHugh who worked as a team to pitch their inter-rail planning website. Charlie Olley, a 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. The Dragons also provided funding to 3rd year BBA student James McGlade to develop his online shopping platform that allows users to donate money to charity as they shop.

Baran Ceylan, a 4th year BBA student, was awarded funding for his product: a greetings card for all occasions. Baran says 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, email with questions about Dragons’ Den or any aspect of student enterprise.

- Ends -

For further information / press enquiries, contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386856/ 3841

General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.