Dragons’ Den’s most successful businesses
With the return of series 15 of the popular BBC show, Startups' takes a look at the progress of 16 of the best businesses to have passed through the Den
It’s now over 10 years since the first episode of Dragons’ Den aired on British TV screens and in that time we’ve seen some brilliant, and not so brilliant, businesses pass through the Den.
While many of the start-ups which have appeared on the BBC show have since floundered or failed to gain traction, a number have gone on to achieve huge success – with and without the Dragons’ backing.
This month, it was revealed that entrepreneurs Jenny Campbell and Tej Lalvani will be replacing Moonpig’s Nick Jenkins and restaurateur Sarah Willingham for the new series; joining show veterans Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, and Touker Suleyman.
In light of the 15th series return, we’ve delved into the Den archives to find out what has happened to 16 of the brightest businesses to have pitched to the Dragons and where they are now.
From the infamous Levi Roots to the £65m-valued Tangle Teezer dubbed “hair-brained” by Peter Jones, click the red button to find out just what happened once the Den’s cameras stopped rolling, and discover a few highlights below…
Dragons’ Den success stories
2006 (Series 3)
- The £8m ride-on hand luggage suitcase business for children that received no investment
2007 (Series 4 and 5)
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- A £29m turnover online takeaway ordering service that received no investment
- That ‘hair-brained’ detangling hairbrush
- Children’s theatre and dance company for Duncan Bannatyne
- Spicy BBQ sauce success for Dragons’ Den’s Peter Jones
2008 (Series 6)
- A portable whiteboard in a roll for Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis
2010 (Series 8)
- A dairy-free, sugar-free frozen pudding alternative to ice cream backed by Peter and Duncan
2012 (Series 10)
- These fashionably quirky phone cases whose deal fell through
2013/2014 (Series 11)
- DIY mobile phone repair kits backed by Kelly Hoppen
- A youth-focussed tour operator backed by Piers Linney
- Tanning lotion backed by both Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney
- A ‘shouty outy’ quiz game who rejected their offer
2014 (Series 12)
- A £14m plasterboard fixings company supported by Deborah Meaden
- Swing dance classes also supported by Deborah Meaden
- Funding for personalised illustrated fiction books for children by Piers Linney