Dragons Den Pitching Competitions


As part of the annual programme of enterprise events at the university, SETsquared Bath’s Dragons Den Pitching competitions give students the opportunity to pitch to our Dragons (Bath alumni) for the chance to win direct investment into their start-ups. Semester 1 is designed for proof of concept pitches and semester 2 for development. The competition is open to students, postgrads, and those who have graduated within the last year.

2019 - 2020 Competition

Round 1:

In semester 1, up to £500 of investment is on offer to any candidate who impresses the Dragons - there’s no limit on winners. Entries need to be submitted by Wednesday the 13th of November, and the selected finalists will be invited to the pitching day on Wednesday the 11th of December.

Round 2:

In semester 2, our second round of investment increases with students able to pitch for up to £5000. Again, there’s no limit on the number of winners! Students can enter Round 2 without previously having entered the first round, however judges will be looking to see proof of concept. Entries need to be submitted by Wednesday the 26th of February, and the selected finalists will be invited to the pitching day on Wednesday the 25th of March.

To enter, all you need to do is submit a one minute video and complete our form. Successful candidates will be shortlisted and invited to pitch to the Dragons in the Den.

The University of Bath Dragons - 2019/2020 Panel

Mark Hawkesworth (MSc Business Administration, 1976)

Mark has over 30 years’ experience in venture capital and private equity investment. He is a director of Octopus Titan VCT plc which is the UK's largest venture capital trust having a portfolio of over 70 largely unquoted technology companies. He is an alumnus of the University having completed an MSc in 1976. Mark originally trained as an electrical engineer and spent his early career working for international engineering companies such as Taylor Woodrow, Trafalgar House and BICC/Balfour Beatty before moving to Lazard, Baring Private Equity Partners and Nova Capital Management to pursue a career in unquoted investment. He was a lay member of the University's Council from 2010-2016. He retains a keen interest in the University's activities in the area of Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Hubert Velge (MSc Business Administration 1984)

Attended the Catholic University of Leuven where he qualified as a civil engineer. He also holds an MSc in Business Administration from Bath University.

In 1986, Mr Velge pursued his interests in the City as an investment banker: first at Merrill Lynch, then at Dillon Read and finally at Baring Brothers as a corporate finance specialist. In 1995, he left Barings to set up a technology investment bank, Quartz Capital Partners, which he sold in 2000 to Knight Securities, the leading US market maker.

Since then, Mr Velge has been involved in a number of start-ups. His latest ventures are gowithYamo, an art exhibition platform, and Pinssar, a diesel particulate matter monitoring system.