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In the Den With the Dragons - Event and Free Live Screenings

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‘Dragons’ Den’- two words that strike fear and inspiration into the hearts of entrepreneurs in equal measure and what better time than during Global Entrepreneur Week (November 18th-23rd) for some of the Dragons to allow us to share in their extensive experiences.

In a rare treat, the British Library in partnership with Barclays Bank has persuaded 3 of the show’s most renowned entrepreneurs to arise from their theirin the den with the dragon trademark leather chairs and take part in the ongoing series of Inspiring Entrepreneurs events.

On Tuesday 19th of November seasoned Dragons’ Den inhabitants Kelly Hoppen MBE, Piers Linney and Doug Richard will take over the British Library Conference Centre in London and share with an audience some of their highly sought after entrepreneurial expertise. Covering an extensive range of startup and business related topics, audience members will have a unique opportunity to hear first-hand how these giants of the business world have grown themselves and their ventures into some of the best known names in the country.

You will probably be familiar with the dragons attending and their most successful enterprises, but heres a quick rundown of their particular achievements and notoriety.

Kelly Hoppen - one of the newest additions to the Den brings with her a plethora of experience gained through the development of her eminent interior design business Kelly Hoppen Interiors. She is an inspirational entrepreneur and uses her expertise and reputation to encourage others, particularly the old and the young, to have a go at establishing their own enterprise. This 7 time published author is as serious about her philanthropy as she is about her business, fulfilling the role of ambassador for The Princes Trust, the Government’s GREAT campaign and The Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise. If her appearances on Dragon’s Den are any indication - she will have plenty to say for herself.

Piers Linney - he began his entrepreneurial career aged just 14 when he decided to cut out the middleman of his daily newspaper route and purchase direct from the supplier. Since then he has added a formidable range of strings to his proverbial bow. His particular expertise lies in the technology, media and communications sectors where he has gained an enviable reputation as a founder, investor and advisor. Today he is best known as the CEO of the cloud-based IT business Outsourcery and will no doubt be providing invaluable advice on a wide spectrum of IT and technological issues.

Doug Richard - a transatlantic entrepreneur from California, Doug Richard is best remembered from the second series of Dragons’ Den in which he did not invest in a single business (the only Dragon with such a claim). His areas of specialism include technology transfer, commercialisation and business incubation where, going by his enormous success, a cautious disposition seems to have paid off. He has founded and sold 2 companies (Visual Software and ITAL computers) as well as being a co-founder of investment society The Cambridge Angels. He is a well known advocate of entrepreneurial spirit and alongside many other initiatives he has established the Doug Richard School for Startups, which works in partnership with leading UK universities, The British Library and the Royal Institution to teach entrepreneurship across the country.

And don't panic! As tickets for this live event on the 19th November in London have now sold out, never fear as there will be free live screenings of the event in a number of major cities across the country. Here’s the details on locations below:

Birmingham - Library of Birmingham, Canterbury Square, Broad Street
Leeds - Henry Moore Suite, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow
Liverpool - Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street
Manchester - Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School,
Newcastle - Newcastle City Library, 33 New Bridge Street West
Sheffield - Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, S1 2HN

Check out this link to the British Library Business & IP Centre to book your tickets for one of the above events - or even just check in to the live webcast wherever you may be at the time!!

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Published on: 11th November 2013

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