We're excited to announce that our annual Dragons' Den competition is back!
Budding student and recently graduated alumni entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their potential business ideas to a select panel of alumni judges.
We have assembled a panel of Regent’s University London alumni - who have already made their mark as entrepreneurs - to be our Regent's Dragons and judge the next generation of pioneers. See below for more information on our Dragons.
Please register here to reserve your place for this exciting event.
A new cohort of brave student entrepreneurs will have just three minutes to present their business ideas to our fiercest Alumni Dragons, who will go on to choose their favourite idea as the winner.
There will be a drinks reception after the competition with the Dragons, contestants and fellow alumni. This is one of the most popular events in the alumni calendar and we do hope you will join us to celebrate the quality and diversity of the student and alumni community.
Location: Herringham Hall, Regent's University London
The Alumni Dragons are:
Gianpaolo Alfano (BA European Business Administration, 1993)
Gianpaolo started his career in the financial sector, working at Lehman Brothers and American Express Bank, before turning his hand to recruitment in 1996; he has held the role of Managing Partner at Aaron King International since 2007.
Gianpaolo is passionate about the start-up world and, in 2010, he co-founded VerticalCom. He is a Board Member for three different start-ups, and is also CEO of HIP Hotels, a collection of 600 unique hotels around the world.
Karim Ayoub Agha (MA Management, 2013)
Karim is the Founder and Managing Director of KA Investments. He oversees the firm's key business and investor relationships, and focuses on sourcing commercial investment opportunities within London and the UK. Karim specialises in identifying and managing prime development sites and high-yielding commercial stock for his investors.
Karim studied at Regent's before working as a Development Analyst for a reputable design and build company in Central London. Following this he established KA Investments.
Judy Piatkus (MA Creative Leadership, 2014)
Judy is the founder of Piatkus Books, which was one of the most successful independent publishing companies in the English-speaking world. In 2007, Judy completed a successful sale of the company to Little Brown.
Judy has been described by The Times of London as "one of the world’s leading thinkers". She now focuses on helping people develop their skills and confidence. She is also the founder of ConsciousCafe, a network of people who are interested in personal development.
Elena Sikorsky (MA Entrepreneurial Management, 2013)
Elena is also a contributing writer to a number of UK publications on startups, fashion, art and education.
She organises a monthly Startup Power Breakfast at the innovative co-working space Huckletree in London.
Last updated: 19 February 2018