‘Dragons’ Den’ Pitching Competitions


As part of the annual programme of enterprise events on campus, 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.

In semester 1, up to £500 of investment is on offer to any candidate who impresses the dragons - there’s no limit on winners.

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!

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.

Entries for the second round can be made here: https://form.jotformeu.com/90302617486356

The University of Bath Dragons - 2018/2019 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.

Kjartan Rist (BSc Business Administration, 1996)

“I’ve spent the last 20 years working in the technology sector as a founder, advisor, board member, and investor. As a Founding Partner of Concentric, the London & Copenhagen-based venture capital firm, I work with early- stage tech businesses (Seed+ through Series A) to support their development and accelerate growth. Current investments include Airsorted, Huckletree, PayAsUGym, Pockit, Public.io and Digital Risks. We take a hands-on, founder focused approach to start-up investment and we’re passionate about increasing the problem of the European VC sector amongst family offices and institutional investors. Prior to Concentric, I co- founded the venture fund DN Capital and the merchant bank Korral Partners, and I’ve been instrumental in over 60 transactions over the course of my career, as both investor and advisor. I graduated from the University of Bath and with an MBA from Imperial College London.”

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.