Dragons’ Den – the aftermath

Rumour has it  – you faced your dragons and survived.

We are incredibly proud of all of you for stepping up to the challenge. Thank you for all of your hard work, commitment, and for trusting us throughout the journey.

Most importantly though, thank you for supporting each other – your cheers and expressions of support and love for each other were a joy. You are all absolutely fantastic humans.

What you do with your business from here onwards is yours to decide and this needs to be decided through a serious conversation with your team. Will you keep going or are you glad that ‘the assignment’ is over?

There are quite a few excellent teams and products/businesses with potential – do you know who you are and  can you recognise the opportunity?

What you know now is that it is going to take hard work to take your business to the next level. Success is not accidental.

No matter what you decide, you will have to be brave – no one is going to do it for you and instead of you. Thank you, Nika, for the candid post.  

No matter what you decide, you still need to sell off your remaining stock and collect the awards. Celebrate Enterprise, here we come!

Here is the info for the day:

Celebrate Enterprise
Thursday 23 March 2017 
Penrhyn Road campus

12:00 Arrival and set up KUSU social space at PR campus

  • Each team will be provided with 2 small square tables

12:30 – 16:45     Start-up trade fair

16:45 – 17:15     Teams move to the awards ceremony room PRJG4002 to set up for the showcase

  • Each team will be provided with 1 small square table
  • Please note that KUSCO will be setting up the room from 4 p.m. 

17:30 – 18:30     Awards ceremony

18:30 Drinks reception

I’ll meet you on Thursday at 12:00 in KUSU Social Space at PR campus!

See you all there!

This is it – your Dragons’ Den day is here

Come along to the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition to support our Kingston University Finalists!

Congratulations Irene Canuti and Josue Vivas Hernandez for making it into this year’s top ten for the Mayor of London’s Entrepreneur competition with the multi-materials extruder for direct 3D printing!

Irene is a MACE graduate and both Irene and Josue have been making time for you as your mentors this year – please join me on Monday 20 March 11:30 – 17:00 to help cheer and support them! You’ll perhaps get some ideas for your own entries next year!

Book your ticket for the final of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition to support Irene and Josue:

Monday 20th March, 11:30 – 17:00, London City Hall

Attention! Final Dragons’ Den is this Friday!

FRIDAY, 17 March 2017, Kingston Business School 



Your job this week is to use all the feedback you received last week in your Mock Dragons’ Den to improve your presentations – just like you’ve been improving your products the whole year.

The most important feedback from judges last week was – IMPROVE HOW YOU SPEAK OF YOUR BUSINESS AMBITIONS and CONSIDER THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

When it comes to selecting a team for the National Start-up Final, the judges will be looking for a forward-looking team with energy, ambition and a believable plan for the future to represent Kingston University at the national level of competition.



  • You will have 6 min for your presentation + 10 min to answer questions from judges
  • You only need to attend your presentation slot

ALL presentation will be accessed from USB sticks we prepare and hand in to judges. This is to keep us on schedule, and to avoid logging in/out and tech problems.

  • ALL teams must send me a Dropbox link to their presentation BY 10AM on THURSDAY 16 March. This will be your final version, and no changes can be made on Friday. This is to ensure you get your beauty sleep.
  • Nevertheless, bring a backup copy on a stick with you. You will only be able to use it if something goes wrong with the copy given to judges.


  1. DIGITAL COPY – via TurnitIn/StudySpace, BY 23:59 on Tuesday 14 March  
  2. PRINTED COPY (colour, bound) – HAND IN TO JUDGES before presentation on Friday 17 March

* 1 submission per team 


ALL teams have TWO time slots they must attend:



  • 6 min presentation + 10 min Q&A
  • You only need to attend your presentation slot
   KHFL0011  KHFL2001  KHFL2008  KHBS1007  KHBS2025
 15:00 Arrival for the 1st team in each room
 15:15 CarbonX Pantha SSAAV Masterly Univeau
 15:40 Catchy Start-up Arabisc Infinity Group 4 Seekers Bright Light
 16:05 PABLO SWOSH C1ean Station Facile ZTZG
 16:30 Black arrow 7Thirthy Dals Innovatio Circulus
 16:55 Neutral The Imparables Shark Hugh Manatee Start Me Up
 17:20  Bluegreen Bracelets   Z Company  5 Volts    



2 min elevator pitch + 2 questions 1 min each

  • If you are selected for the Pitching Competition by the judges in your room, you will need to be prepared to deliver your 2 min max elevator pitch
  • All teams + all judges
19:00 END
  • The second time slot for ALL teams is 18:00 in Room 0026 (lecture theatre, ground floor). This second session is for the Young Enterprise competition, where judges will nominate teams to go into the final pitching round. You will find out who is selected at 18:00 in Room 0026 – if you are not there, you miss your opportunity. If selected for the Pitching Competition, your team will need to deliver your 2 minute elevator pitch in front of all the judges and answer 2 questions from judges. By 19:00, the judges will choose 1 team to represent Kingston University at the Young Enterprise National Start-up Final. The winning team will be announced at the Celebrate Enterprise event on 23 March.


We have booked extra rooms for you where you can practice before your presentation:

  • KHFL0014 for undergraduate teams (available 14:00 – 18:00)
  • KHBS1002 for postgraduate teams (available 14:00 – 18:00)

You can use KHBS0027 after you have finished your presentation, while you wait for the Pitching Competition (available 15:00 – 18:00).

Practice and prepare! …and make sure you are in the right room at the right time! 🙂

Get ready! Mock Dragons’ Den this Friday

The purpose of the Mock Dragons’ Den session this Friday is to give you final feedback on your presentations in preparation for the Final Dragons’ Den next week.

We will use real marking sheets and the feedback you get from judges should help you polish your presentations for the Final Dragons’ Den. This will also help you improve your business reports where more clarity or info is needed.

Please note: this session is compulsory for all. 

Here is the plan of action:

–> Each team will have 6 minutes for their presentation + 10 minutes for questions and feedback from judges. You will be stopped if you go over the permitted 6 minutes.

–> For Mock Dragons’ Den this Friday: we assume you will be working on your presentations so to allow you extra time, bring your presentation on an USB and don’t forget to upload to Dropbox as a backup copy.

–> For Final Dragons’ Den on 17th:  ALL teams must send me a Dropbox link to their presentation BY 10:00AM on THURSDAY 16 March. This will be your final version, and no changes can be made on Friday. ALL presentation will be accessed from USB sticks I prepare for the day to keep us on schedule, and to avoid logging in/out and any tech problems. 

–> Please take note of the schedule below:
ALL  teams need to be present for all presentations in their designated rooms. 

6 min presentation + 10 min Q&A


All teams must be present for all presentations

Bring your presentation on USB stick + upload to Dropbox

KHFL0011  KHFL0014  KHFL2007  KHBS1007  KHBS2025
 14:00 Arrival – Please prepare rooms for presentations



CarbonX Pantha

(Team must leave after the presentation)

SSAAV Masterly Univeau



Catchy Start-up Arabisc Infinity Group 4 Seekers Bright Light



PABLO SWOSH C1ean Station Facile ZTZG



Black arrow 7Thirthy Dals Innovatio Circulus



Neutral The Imparables Shark Hugh Manatee Start Me Up



Bluegreen Bracelets 

(Team will be arriving for the presentation only)

Z Company 5 Volts    









Timekeeper: ALICE COMI




Timekeeper: MARTHA MADOR




Timekeeper: JANJA SONG






17:00 KHBS0026

All teams + all judges – Debrief & feedback

Here is also some advice, based on all the lessons learnt over the years:

–> Be enthusiastic/interesting/engaging – and get to the point! Keep your presentation just under 6 minutes. Script it as you did for the MTCE debates – you all know the drill. Practice.

-> Show images, dress the part, bring your product (bring whatever you want to – if it makes sense for your company!) and be convincing.

-> Do not allow yourself to get surprised with questions from judges. You already know what they are likely to ask. If you are good, their questions will get even harder. 

-> DO NOT argue…don’t even think about it. All humans are biased – you are too, and just because something makes sense to you it doesn’t mean it makes sense to everyone else. 

-> What are you trying to hide? Repackage that NOW so it can work for you – show that you have grown through all the difficulties.

Make sure the judges remember you. And… …smile!!

Please let me know if you have any questions – there’s no such thing as a stupid question and now is the time to ask.
See you Friday, troops!