Dragons' Den


The Dragons are waiting!

Come into the Dragons’ Den – there’s a £10,000 prize pot, office space for a year in ‘The Hatch’, and business advice all ready and waiting to be pried from the Dragons’ talons - everything you need to breathe fire into your new business...

Shortlisted applicants will:

  • Be in with a chance to walk away with everything you need to launch your business
  • Master the boardroom pitch through training and first-hand experience
  • Ramp up your business skills through pitching, networking and training on; Pitching Skills, Marketing, Finance and Legal Issues
  • Meet ambitious and successful entrepreneurs

Applications for Dragons' Den are now closed - but you can see the process that this years applicants went through here:  

Wed 8 Mar - ‘Pitching Skills’ workshop to get you ready
Wed 15 Mar - Deliver a 2 minute 'Quick Pitch' to a panel of judges:

  • Ciaran Higgins - Director, Queen’s Students’ Union
  • Andrew Kirke - Associate Director, Tughans
  • Joanne Graham - The Graduate School, Queen’s University
  • Ryan Murphy - Relationship Director, Santander
  • Helen Keys - Entrepreneur in Residence, Queen's Students' Union

Thurs 16 Mar - 10 shortlisted for Round 2…

Wed 22 Mar - ‘Understanding the Basics of Finance’ workshop
Wed 29 Mar - ‘Marketing and Understanding your Customer’ workshop
Wed 5 Apr - 'Basics of IP / Legal Clinic with Tughans' - workshop
Wed 3 May - Pitch to the real Dragons:

  • John Mckee - Linkubator
  • David Bradshaw - Invest NI
  • Catherine Martin - CavanaghKelly
  • Denise Murtagh - Dungannon Enterprise Centre
  • Grant Edwards - Tughans

Thurs 4 May - Winners announced at The SU Awards

David Bradshaw

David Bradshaw - Client Executive, Invest NI

David Bradshaw is graduate in Business and Finance. His career started in DuPont UK manufacturing their ‘Lycra’ product. In 1993 David began work in economic development and has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with business start-ups in a variety of sectors. David’s primary areas of expertise include business planning and finance.

David is currently employed by Invest NI, Northern Ireland’s Government agency responsible for economic development where his role primarily involves development of entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland. 


 John McKee

John McKee - Chief Executive, Linkubator

John McKee is Chief Executive of business consultancy firm Linkubator, which focuses on supporting small businesses in Northern Ireland to establish, develop, grow, and make a mark internationally. He began his career as a sales executive in the medical device industry, a sector where he progressed through sales management, new product development, and export sales development. John is also an acclaimed author, having written 'STAR Leadership Behaviours for Stellar SME Growth'.


 Grant Edwards

Grant Edwards - Associate Director, Tughans

Grant Edwards is an Associate Director in full-service commercial law firm, Tughans. He is a specialist in Corporate law having experience of advising at every stage of a business’ life-cycle, from incorporation and seed investment for emerging and innovative businesses through to growth investment for businesses to reach the next level, right through to multi-million pound sales. 


Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin - Partner, CavanaghKelly

Catherine Martin joined the practice in 2005, promoted to Director of Corporate Finance in 2007 and joined the Partnership in 2016. She has taken a strong lead in developing our Accounts and Audit as well as our Advisory function and has a key role in leading teams on the provision of audit and accounting services to clients ranging from SME’s to large corporations, charities, not-for-profit, professional services firms and high net worth individuals. Within Advisory, she has successfully led teams in providing a range of services including management consultancy, business plans, financing applications and business structure.


Denise Murtagh

Denise Murtagh - Business Development Manager

Denise Murtagh is Business Development Manager at Dungannon Enterprise Centre and its consultancy wing Purple Dot, having previously been Student Development Manager at Queen’s University.  She has been training, coaching, mentoring and delivering workshops to entrepreneurs for almost 15 years. Having ran her own e-commerce business she has first-hand experience of starting a new venture and is committed to supporting new and established business to start up and grow.

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Kat Maguire
Enterprise & Development Officer

phone icon 028 90 97 1056

Catriona Henry
Enterprise Support Officer

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email icon enterprisesu@qub.ac.uk
address icon Second Floor
Students' Union

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