TES Dragons Den


The Dragon’s Den competition is arguably TES’ biggest event every year. It was first set up in the 2009/10 academic year and has grown exponentially since, managing to uncover incredible innovations and ideas from Trinity students along the way.

so what is it?

The aim of the event is to encourage students to pitch their idea to a panel of industry experts and compete for the ultimate prize of seed money for their business. The event is open to all Trinity students and last year it brought in a record crowd in excess of 250 people, which was a reflection of the amazing panel we managed to bring in as well as the standard of the ideas pitching on the night by our 6 finalists, with the prize ultimately going to Superbowl, a breakfast option for today’s health-conscious market.

Preparations for this year’s event have already begun to both improve on and build on the success of years previous and we believe it will be the biggest Dragon’s Den event that TES has ever hosted, with mentors being provided to the finalists in the week leading up to the big night to help with their presentation skills as well as increased funding being provided for both the winners and runners up – even further incentive for you to apply!

Applications opening SOON

We're inviting all Trinity students with any sort of idea to apply for this year's competition to be in with a chance to pitch in front of our best judging panel yet for that sought-after seed money!

If you’re interested in taking part in this amazing competition, please click the link provided below and fill in some basic info on both yourself, your team and your business idea!

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”
— Tony Hsieh - Zappos CEO

Introducing our first judge for this year's Dragons' Den competition, and it's one you are certainly likely to recognize! We're delighted to have Mr. Bobby Kerr, former Dragon on RTE's Dragons' Den, come in to judge at this year's competition. Bobby is one of 5 esteemed judges who make up our best panel yet, and we'll announce the others over the coming weeks in the lead up to the final so watch this space!

The most important thing you ever do in business is choose the woman you marry
— Bobby Kerr

Announcing our second judge for this year's Dragons' Den competition, and it's another incredible addition to the stellar line-up! The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has very kindly accepted our invitation to come in and help make that all-important decision on who will be crowned the winner of this year's Dragons' Den!

I don’t mind what they say behind my back but I’d probably prefer if they said it to my face. But what I am really interest in is making sure people who haven’t got jobs, get jobs and that’s what they want me to do and that’s my job and that’s what I am going to do.
— Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor