Dragons’ Den star helps light a fire under Barking and Dagenham College students’ business dreams
- Credit: Archant
Hundreds of students queued up to hear words of wisdom from original Dragons’ Den star Doug Richard.
The entrepreneur, who joined Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones, Simon Woodroffe and Rachel Elnaugh on the hit BBC TV show in its first two series, hosted two workshops for students at Barking and Dagenham College.
More than 300 of them turned up on Thursday, September 5, to hear him talk about the tools they needed to assess business ideas and how to unlock their entrepreneurial spirit.
“The UK needs entrepreneurs now more than ever, and we have to start tapping into the abundance of innovative talent that British universities and colleges have, and help them to unleash their entrepreneurial potential.
“There are so many brilliant people out there who can be part of Britain’s entrepreneurial future,” said Mr Richard.
You may also want to watch:
The talks came as part of the Entrepreneurs and Education Programme, which is sponsored by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills along with the School for Startups organisation, of which Doug is a founder.
College principal Cathy Walsh said helping with entrepreneurial ideas is something that the college believes passionately in.
- 1 Marvel movie blockbuster Black Widow filmed in Dagenham
- 2 Watchdog upholds 90pc of complaints against council, figures show
- 3 Dagenham pastry chef wins patisserie award
- 4 Man in hospital after being found with facial injuries in Dagenham
- 5 Dagenham man sentenced after flying kick at cop during Black Lives Matter demo
- 6 Dagenham author pens novel to mark centenary of Becontree Estate
- 7 Storage building next to disused Dagenham pub destroyed by fire
- 8 Data reveals house price rises in Olympic boroughs since London 2012
- 9 Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge 'least active' boroughs in London, study finds
- 10 Guilty: Who was jailed across east London in July?
Everyone who attended has been invited to take part in a free ‘bootcamp’ next year designed as a follow-up to the workshops, which will allow students to explore their options in more depth.