DRAGONS’ Den has returned for it’s 16th season – making it one of the longest running series on tele.
Here’s all you need to know about the entrepreneur’s last bid to impress the fearsome dragons…
When is Dragons’ Den on TV?
Dragons’ Den series 16 continues tonight, Sunday, August 26, 2018, at 8pm on BBC Two.
If you miss it, you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer after it’s aired.
The show goes up against Fake or Fortune on BBC One, Jurassic World on ITV and Hidden Britain By Drone on Channel 4.
Who are the Dragons?
The Dragons’ Den panel are:
Gutsy investor Deborah Meaden left school at 16.
She has raked in the cash from a variety of different trades, including West Country textile mill Fox Brothers and operating a Prize Bingo at Butlins.
Peter Jones is the longest-serving Dragon, appearing in more than 100 episodes since 2005.
The straight-talking tycoon has a string of successful ventures in the mobile phone, television, media, leisure and property industries and he is estimated to be worth around £475million.
Retail businessman Touker Suleyman owns a string of lucrative fashion brands.
In 2015, The Sunday Times estimated he was worth £150million and listed him 637th in their Rich List.
After leaving school at just 16-years-old, enterprising Jenny Campbell’s grew her fortune in the world of banking.
The shrewd businesswoman is the founder of YourCash, an ATM provider that works in several locations across Europe.
Tej Lalvani is the CEO of Vitabiotics – the largest vitamin company in the UK by value sales with a current group turnover of over £300 million a year.
He inherited the company from his father, Kartar Lalvani – who founded Vitabiotics in 1971 and still remains as chairman.
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How does Dragons’ Den work?
Budding entrepreneurs are given three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multimillionaires who are willing to invest their own cash to kick-start the businesses.
After each pitch, the Dragons have the opportunity to ask questions about the venture.
The entrepreneurs don’t always have to answer, but of course, what they choose not to address could very well affect the outcome.
A Dragon who, having heard the pitch, does not wish to invest, must declare themselves “out”, implying that they leave the discussion.