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Inspiring Entrepreneurs: In the Den with the Dragons London


Tuesday 19 November, 18.15 - 21.00, £10 (£7.50 concs)

British Library Conference Centre

LONDON IS NOW SOLD OUT  but you can still watch at a live screening across the country or via our live webcast

Enter the Dragon’s lair and get advice from some of the best known entrepreneurs in the UK.

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013, we are bringing together a panel of formidable Dragons from the very first series to the latest. This special event will give you the chance to learn from our no-nonsense experts about what makes a winning pitch and how to scale up your business.

Find out how they’ve all risen from start-ups to stars in the business world and how you can apply their tried and tested techniques to your own business.

You can follow all the action and tweet your questions on #BLGEW

Speakers include:

Kelly Hoppen MBE

Current Dragon and owner of Kelly Hoppen Interiors, Kelly is one of the newest recruits to the Den alongside Piers Linney. A dedicated supporter of good causes and the championing and nurturing of younger and older British entrepreneurs, Kelly is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust and the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise. Kelly is also a proud ambassador for the Government’s GREAT campaign and works with UK Trade & Investment mentoring small and medium sized businesses.

Piers Linney

Joining the Dragons this series, Piers is the Co-CEO of Outsourcery. Piers started his first business when he was thirteen and, although he always wanted to be his own boss, began his career in law and finance. Piers left the City in 2000 to start an Internet business and has since been involved in a wide range of businesses across technology, media and telecommunications as a founder, investor and adviser.

Doug Richard

A Business & IP Centre advocate, Doug says “The great thing about the Business & IP Centre is that it’s a free resource, sitting in the heart of London, that’s available to anybody that’s aspiring to start a business, thinking about starting a business or has started a business.”

An original Dragon, Doug is an experienced entrepreneur and investor in the technology and software sectors, both in the US and in the UK.

In 2008, Doug founded the School for Startups and the School for Creative Startups, an enterprise focussed on teaching entrepreneurship across the UK which has subsequently provided accelerated instruction to more than 15,000 business owners.

Moderated by Matthew Rock, founder of Real Business Magazine


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