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RG Challenge18 Dragons’ Den Final Pitch Event

By June 12, 2018 No Comments

Join the RG Challenge18 Dragons’ Den event to watch inspiring start-up pitches, network with an international entrepreneurial community & celebrate the best young start-ups Reloading Greece.

On Thursday 5th July this year’s RG Challenge start-ups will be pitching their digital & tech, medical, blockchain, social enterprise and green technology businesses in order to win awards and prizes.

The Dragons’ Den event is an invaluable opportunity for the start-ups to pitch themselves to three investor judges and an international audience of investors, partners, mentors, academics and business people. We can’t wait to watch the pitches and see who wins the judges’ award and we hope you can join us to vote for your favourite in the audience award.

Dragons’ Den Judges

Our three investor judges will assess the final pitches on a set criteria including their idea, team, business model and ask and of course their Reload Greece factor – their potential to create a business with a positive impact on Greece.

We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s RG Challenge investor judges are:

Paul Rous

Paul has over ten years experience as an entrepreneur and investor and he has a passion for digital innovation and strategy. He is currently Venture Manager at Imperial Innovation and Venture Partner at Blackfinch Ventures, with a focus on early stage digital businesses. Paul has cross-sector experience working with companies such as Goldman Sachs, Freeman and Generation Asset Management, a $1.4bn asset management business based in London and Canada. Paul co-founded Fuel Ventures, a London based seed VC and active accelerator focussing on early stage digital businesses.

Vasiliki Petrou

Vasiliki is Executive Vice President at Unilever Prestige. With more than 25 years in the industry, Vasiliki has held senior leadership positions across in various markets including the UK, Greece and Switzerland. Her extensive experience in beauty as well as working with renowned trend agencies, fashion influencers and thought leaders around the world has enabled Vasiliki to successfully lead the growth management of Unilever Prestige. Vasiliki is passionate about supporting female entrepreneurs and champions all of the companies under Unilever Prestige to support sustainability and social solutions.

Mark Hutchinson

Mark is a partner at Ernst & Young in London. He is Global Client Service partner for one of EY’s largest TMT clients and Chief Innovation Office for the Advisory business.  During the last three years he has been responsible for helping EY and its clients respond to the disruptions across multiple industries from emerging technologies. He has been a ‘big 4’ partner for 14 years, advising multinational companies on their major strategic programmes, working across a wide range of sectors including Telecommunications, Media, Entertainment, Oil & Gas, Industrial Products and major UK Government departments. 

CCT Venues Plus

This year, the RG Challenge Dragon’s Den event will be held on the 32nd floor of London’s impressive CCT Venues Plus in Bank Street, Canary Wharf. Watching the RG Challenge start-ups pitch to investor judges at the Dragon’s Den final pitch event is always the highlight of the programme and this prestigious venue with amazing views over London is sure to be a fantastic locaton for the event.

After the intense 11-day RG Challenge18 programme, the 14 start-ups will be coming to the end of their accelerator journey. After developing their propositions, business plans and pitching skills, the entrepreneurs will be ready to pitch to the investor judges, and to you! Each of the start-ups will have worked closely with mentors, entrepreneurs and the RG Challenge18 team to complete several month’s worth of work in just a few days. It’s always amazing to see how much each of the start-ups develops in such a short period of time. The entrepreneurs will have worked very hard and the Dragon’s Den event is their chance to shine at the start of their next exciting chapter.

The start-up pitches will be followed by a networking session, open to all. We hope that you can join us at the final pitch event, book your ticket here today!




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