One guest speaker, five dragons, 70 students, 11 teams – one happy cohort!
Final year undergraduate students studying the International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) were joined by Steve Lowy, CEO of Umi Digital who gave an inspiring speech about working in the hospitality industry before our very own Dragons’ Den. We were joined by four more dragons: Bob Hopkins, CEO at Business SatNav Ltd; Dr Claire Weeden, Principal Lecturer; and Jennifer Wells and Judith Badger, Enterprise Managers at the University of Brighton.
All the dragons gave amazing advice and feedback to the 11 teams who delivered an elevator pitch for their own innovative hospitality concept and solution.
Dr Ioannis S Pantelidis, module leader said: “This was part of a formative assessment and our best yet Dragons’ Den! We have been running this for more than five years but we never had such a wealth of experience in the den before.
“To have industry and academic colleagues give their time so willingly, is very inspiring both to our students and our colleagues who work hard to put activities like this together.”
The Dragons’ Den is part of the preparations for a student led poster Expo which takes place on the Eastbourne campus on 16 January. Undergraduate hospitality students will be joined by retail and International Hospitality Management MSc students who will also be displaying their work.
The Expo takes place from 3-5pm in Greynore Hall in Greynore 1 building on the Darley Road site and is open to all – we’d be delighted if you’d join us. It promises to be an incredibly creative event! How to find the Expo
Watch highlights of our Dragons’ Den in this short film: