Three student-led business have secured a total of £12,000 thanks to taking part in the University of Plymouth’s Dragon’s Den.
Run by The Cube, in partnership with Santander Universities UK, the competition saw pitches from seven student and graduate-led teams bidding to impress local business experts.
The winner of funding of £6k to invest into her business was
student, Amii James, with her business Amii Illustrates.
In joint second place, winning £3k each, were Curtis Maxwell who is studying an
MA International Relations: Global Security and Development
with his business Disability Enabling Network, and Kellie Wells (MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Oscar Dawe and Gus Stattaford-Fowler
with their business, LoRa Viridis.
First place, Amii James with Amii Illustrates
Joint second place, Curtis Maxwell with the Disability Enabling Network
Joint second place, Kellie Wells, Gus-Stattaford-Fowler and Oscar Dawe with LoRa Viridis
The ‘Dragons’, who were able to hear the pitches in person for the first time after last year’s inaugural event ran online, were Rich Adams, Business Engagement Manager at the University of Plymouth; Stuart Elford, Director of Devon & Plymouth Chambers of Commerce; Allice Hocking, Head of Research Impact and Partnership at the University; Remy Foucher, Regional Manager, Santander Universities UK; and Jessica Holliland, Social Enterprise Consultant and Coach.
The competition provides a valuable opportunity for Plymouth’s student and graduate entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses, with the £12,000 prize money kindly donated by Santander Universities UK, through their Universities programme.
The seven businesses that took part were: Amii Illustrates; Arkscreen; Disability Enabling Network; Ecobadge; LoRa Viridis; Agri Bio and Woogie Big Pants. The pitches were five minutes, followed by five minutes Q&A from the Dragons.
The event is set to run again in 2023 – for more information on the offer from The Cube, visit
The Cube webpage.