Startup support


Date: 25th Oct 2016

Students and graduates at Buckinghamshire New University are to pitch for up to £5,000 in business start-up funding to a panel including Joseph Valente, the winner of The Apprentice 2015, and Mike Clare, one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs, as part of a range of activities.

The 'Bucks Dragons' Den' on Monday 14 November will see up to ten people pitch for between £2,000 and £5,000 from a panel. Applications to take part must be made by 31 October at

Lydiah Igweh, Student Enterprise Development and Events Consultant, said: "The event is based on the iconic programme Dragons' Den and aims to support students and graduates with their brilliant ideas. We look forward to seeing them!"

The panel will also include Neil Dymond of Barclays Capital, which provides investment banking advisory services; Alex Pratt, founder of Serious Brands Ltd, which is based in Buckinghamshire and designs and manufactures reading lights; and Philippa Sawyer, co-founder and programme director of community radio station, Wycombe Sound.

The University's Careers and Employability Service and Bucks Business School supports students' and graduates' entrepreneurial ideas through its 'Launch Pad' boardroom and office space and Dragons' Den-style funding scheme.

The 14 November event is among a range of autumn activities supporting students with business start-up ideas, including advice clinics with accountants Seymour Taylor; solicitors BP Collins; and creative agency Milestone Creative. Further details on these are at

Workshops are also available for students to turn an idea into a business (; learn how to successfully pitch a start-up idea (; and one-to-one consultations are available through Lydiah Igweh at

Support events are also taking place in Beats cafe at the High Wycombe campus every Monday, Tuesday or Friday from 12pm-2pm promoting self-employment and business start-ups.

Lydiah Igweh added: "We are thrilled to continue helping budding Bucks entrepreneurs to learn how to set up and run their very own companies. Seeing how much progress they make, how much they learn and how great it makes them feel, is hugely rewarding.

"We would not be able to offer these opportunities without the help of our sponsors and partners to whom we are very grateful."

Follow activities supporting entrepreneurs at Bucks New University on Twitter at @EnterpriseBucks.

First picture caption: Joseph Valente with Sir Alan Sugar.


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