Gherkin to host DragonΓÇÖs Den style final
A Dragon’s Den style competition for budding entrepreneurs is being held at the Gherkin this Friday (30th April). Flare 2010 is organised by the University of Hertfordshire, and saw over 130 individuals enter the first round.
The University’s business challenge has reached its last round, and the remaining 10 entrants will pitch their idea to a panel of esteemed judges in the City of London at the end of the week.
Julie Meyer, businesswoman and personality from the BBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ show, will appear on the panel alongside senior financial services manager Martin Carr, and Adam Titmus – senior manager at professional services firm Deloitte.
Not only will the winner walk away with fully furnished office space, they will also be granted ┬ú25,000, professional advice for making their business idea a reality, and a trophy.
Speaking to This is Local London, Nigel Culkin, director of the Centre for Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Hertfordshire, said:
“Flare was launched in 2004 to provide students, staff and alumni with an opportunity to develop and test their idea, and to get a taste of the life-world of an entrepreneur. It is now down to who can hold their nerve for the Dragons-style pitch on April 30.”
Following this Friday’s pitch, the winner will be announced at a dinner on Friday 7th May.
Find out more about the University of Hertfordshire’s Flare competition here.