Skip to main content

QUB Dragons' Den

Apply for QUB Dragons' Den, where you could win...

  • A share of a £20,000 prize pot, including £3,000 from the Engineers in Business Fund
  • Hot-Desking space in 'SU CoWork' at One Elmwood
  • Specialist mentoring and support

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 mentoring on: pitching skills, marketing, finance, and legal issues
  • Meet ambitious and successful entrepreneurs

This competition is sponsored by Tughans Solicitors, Hill Vellacott, Engineers in Business Fellowship, MCS Recruitment, and QUBIS.


Apply by Mon 12 February.

Meet The Dragons...

  • John McKee

    John McKee is Managing Director of Linkubator, a Management Consultancy based in Belfast helping companies of all sizes to retain and upskill their people. John works with companies who want to plan for growth, develop their leaders and motivate their sales teams. He has been a Dragon on our panel for many years, so with his experience, he knows a winning business idea when he sees one!

  • Eoin McMullan

    Leading the Advisory and Corporate Finance team at Hill Vellacott, Eoin is no stranger to advising start-up companies and entrepreneurs. He has worked on transactions ranging from start-up seed funding through to private equity and venture capital backed exits. Eoin is a Non-Executive Director of QUBIS Ltd and a member of Senate at Queen’s University. A first-time judge on Dragons’ Den he looks forward to seeing the idea’s pitched by this year’s candidates.

  • Anne Dornan

    Anne's role is to support the development of the Queen's spin-out portfolio, connecting companies to relevant resources, advisors, funding and investment opportunities to accelerate their formation and growth. She supports Queen's commercialisation and innovation programmes, such as ICURe, working with academic and ecosystem partners across the UK and Ireland.

  • Andrew Kirke

    Andrew is a Partner in the Commercial team at Tughans, and works with clients across a full range of commercial contract matters, with a particular focus on energy and technology law. Andrew is qualified as a solicitor in NI, England and Wales and the RoI. Andrew joined Tughans in 2013, having completed his training contract with another leading Belfast firm. After qualifying Andrew worked offshore as a corporate finance lawyer for a time, before returning to Northern Ireland. Tughans is one of Northern Ireland's largest commercial law firms, and provides legal advice to businesses throughout the UK and Ireland.

  • Kirsty Dillon

    Commercial Manager at MCS Group with success in consistently delivering on challenging recruitment assignments across the Technical & Engineering industry. MCS Group is a market leading Northern Ireland specialist recruitment & talent acquisition consultancy. Our dedicated niche markets are; IT & Digital, Technical & Engineering, Professional Services, Accounting & Finance, Banking, Legal and Executive Search.