As part of the regular series of Alumni Comeback Sessions, an audience of alumni and students gathered to witness a live version of the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den.
A cohort of brave student entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of our fiercest alumni dragons in front of a packed audience of alumni and students.
The panel assembled to judge the next generation of pioneers are all Regent’s College alumni and friends who have already made their mark in their chosen profession.
Our alumni dragons were Anthony Ganjou, Judy Piatkus and Bryan Train who all graduated from different schools at Regent’s College and completing the line up was Regent's College mentor, Stewart Baird.
Enter the den
Each student was given three minutes to pitch their original business idea followed by an intense period of questioning from the dragons.
If the student did enough to impress the clan of dragons they would receive positive ‘in’ votes. Students who failed to show that their idea was commercially viable would be faced with a series of negative ‘out’ votes.
The first student to enter the Dragons’ Den was international exchange student, Veyza Rodriguez, She was followed closely by Musharaf Dhanji, Christopher Ax, Robert Peveling Oberhag and finally Darius Ghesmati as they pitched their ideas one by one.
The non-disclosure agreement signed by all members of the audience prevents us from revealing the content of the individual pitches but all four ideas displayed a high degree of originality and innovation.
Winner achieves clean sweep
The overall winner was MBA student Musharaf Dhanji whose business idea managed to impress all four of our Dragons and gained widespread praise from the audience.
After the event the audience mixed with the dragons and student entrepreneurs at the drinks reception. Conversation naturally turned to new ideas, meetings and business as our students showed their networking skills were as finally honed as their ideas.
Thank you to all the alumni and students who took part in this event and made it such a huge success.