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Budding entrepreneurs to compete for free course place at UCL's Dragon's Den-style event

Budding entrepreneurs to compete for free course place at UCL's Dragon's Den-style event

University College London’s School of Management has launched a search for the next Branson with the announcement of ‘The Panel’ - a one-day event in the style of Dragon’s Den, which will see budding entrepreneurs pitch their big idea to win a place on UCL’s MSc Technology Entrepreneurship course, worth £11,090.

‘The Panel’ is being organised by Chris Coleridge, Programme Director of the course, which gives entrepreneurs the skills, tools and network they need to start or grow a high impact business.

Coleridge will be joined by other successful entrepreneurs and experts to assess the applicants and choose a winner. Its announcement comes after data from Companies House revealed that entrepreneurial Britain is booming, with 608,100 new businesses started last year, breaking the previous record of 581,173 new incorporations in 2014.

Despite the upward trend for entrepreneurism, Coleridge points to a need for potential CEOs to seek assistance, saying: “Britain has never been as entrepreneurial as it is now, but at the same time competition is greater and challenges are ever present.

We’re hoping ‘The Panel’ will encourage some of the UK’s most promising business people to come forward, including those who may not have considered studying while launching their business. We can’t wait to see who comes forward and the ideas they present.”

Applicants need to apply for a place on ‘The Panel’ before being considered, with only the best invited to pitch in front of Coleridge and a panel of experts.

The winner of ‘The Panel’ will be awarded a place on UCL’s MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship course for the September 2016 intake, worth £11,090. Applications close on 9th June and are subject to a £75 course application fee.

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