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The investor line-up for this year’s Future Worlds Dragons’ Den has been revealed, with one new business powerhouse set to make his debut appearance at the entrepreneurial highlight of the year on campus.

The four millionaire dragon investors will quiz six student startups on Saturday 11th May in the Students’ Union in the event that has seen over £450,000 pledged on stage to date in student startups from the University of Southampton. Free tickets are now available, but they are going fast so register now (it will only take 15 seconds).

Chris Broad, Apple’s former Director of Sales Contracting, EMEIA, serial entrepreneur Andrew Doe, and angel investor Sonja Lami will be joined by Future Worlds Dragons’ Den newcomer James Vernon. The investors will lead on-stage debate and negotiations as they consider offering real investment for a percentage of the promising startups.


James, a Southampton alumnus, was co-founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Brevan Howard, which rapidly grew to become the world’s fourth largest hedge fund, and the largest dedicated macro fund. Along with his wife, Mindy, James has generously supported Southampton’s Centre for Cancer Immunology.


Sonja is a Fund Manager at Insight Investment in London and will be appearing at Future Worlds Dragons’ Den in a personal capacity as an experienced angel investor for the second year running. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and prior to Insight she worked in derivatives of global finance firm JP Morgan.


Chris is a long-standing Future Worlds mentor and former Director of Sales Contracting, EMEIA, at Apple. A seasoned investor and Southampton alumnus, he has featured in the 2016, 2017 & 2018 editions of Future Worlds Dragons’ Den, drawing upon expertise gained at the prestigious INSEAD graduate business school.


Andrew is a serial digital entrepreneur, and founder of British internet success confetti.co.uk. He has spent much of his career in e-commerce, helping brands like Thomas Cook and The Carphone Warehouse build their digital channels. He has mentored several University startups and appeared at Future Worlds Dragons’ Den in 2017 & 2018.


Last year’s Future Worlds Dragons’ Den saw investments in Route Reports, an embedded sensor system and web-based dashboard, Y-Split (formally Cluttr) app, an all-in-one private social network and household solution, revision tool Questioneer and first aid training enterprise Hampshire First Aid.

Don’t miss your chance to be at Future Worlds Dragons’ Den 2019Book your place now.

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