Dragons’ Den: The highs, lows and key lessons from series 11

Startups runs the rule over the notable people, products and investments on the latest series of the popular BBC show

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Now in its eighth year, the immense popularity of BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den shows no signs of abating, with an assortment of colourful characters, pioneering business ideas and new faces in the Den keeping the show’s format as fresh as ever.

The 11th season marks the first without the familiar face of Den veteran and prolific investor Theo Paphitis, who left the show to focus on his business commitments. Paphitis has been replaced by the young entrepreneur Piers Linney – best known for his leading cloud-based IT business, Outsourcery. Hilary Devey was the other departure; leaving to front her own business show on Channel 4, she has been replaced by businesswoman Kelly Hoppen, whose luxury interior design brand has attracted worldwide renown.

In this feature, you will find summaries of all the pitches on the show that received the Dragons’ backing, as well as honourable mentions – those that went on to find success outside of the Den or whose chastening experience we can all learn from, along with a key start-up business lesson (however seemingly obvious it may be) that we can draw from each pitch.

Singing rhinestone cowboys , online engagement ring design and a fat-reducing fake tan were just some of the pitches that graced our screens this year – click the links above to jump directly to an episode in the series.


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