Sam Delbaere was a member of the judging panel for an event organised by the Exeter Entrepreneurs Society. The “Dragon’s Den” style event took place on the 17th November 2014. The event was held at the University of Exeter’s Business School. Candidates were invited to pitch their business idea in a couple of minutes, with the winning idea being awarded £500 in cash to help bring the idea to life.
The presentations were judged by a panel of seasoned professionals. They were keen to encourage students to create startups, reward them for their efforts and give them constructive feedback on their business ideas.
The judges were looking for early stage ideas with the potential to scale in the future. The quality of the 8 pitches was extremely high, meaning that the judges found it very difficult to decide upon a winner. 3 competitors were awarded prizes, with the winning idea receiving £500 to develop their business.
About Dragon’s Den
Dragon’s Den is a popular BBC Two business programme presented by Evan Davies. The show allows several entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of five wealthy investors, the “Dragons” of the show’s title. The contenders pitch for financial investment in return for a stake in their company. Famous “Dragons” have included Deborah Meadon, Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne and Theo Paphitis.
About Exeter Entrepreneurs Society
Exeter Entrepreneurs is the second largest student society on the Exeter University campus. It is designed for people that are business minded, with an interest in entrepreneurial skills. They run a series of exciting and diverse events throughout the year. These include workshops, competitions, training sessions and information sessions. All the activities are designed to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset. The Society’s mission is to give every member the skills and experience they need to develop into world changers.