Dragons Den 2020 (Meet Funders, Pitch for Funding and Win Prizes)


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September 2020
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Online (ZoomSphere)

You are no doubt familiar with the TV show Dragon’s Den, where wanna-be entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of successful business owners, with the hope of securing finance for their start-up. This is similar but with Grant Makers (Funders).

In 2020, our Funders’ Den will be held in cyberspace and six Black, Asian, multi-ethnic and refugee (BAMER) led charities and social enterprises have the opportunity to pitch to Grant Making organisations for a chance to win a pot of money (amount TBC).

At the event will be representatives from leading Trusts and Foundations such as: Trust For London, Tudor Trust, Esmée Fairbairn, BBC Children in Need, CommUNITY Barnet, Procressi Initiative, The Heritage Lottery Community Fund, and Comic Relief !

Applications to pitch live at the Dragons Den will open in the summer of 2020 and is open to AVOCADO+ Alumni and BAMER Led NonProfits. Please email us for Grant conditions.

Even if you are not pitching that day, you could still win lots of prizes. In addition, the first 100 people to log on that day will get the opportunity to network in a dedicated room with Funders.

More than that, all organisations that attend the Dragons Den will leave with the practical knowledge and confidence to secure funding in the future and build real resilience.

As usual, we will also be joined by a special guest, TBC. As well as the chance to hear our keynote speaker,  the evening will provide an opportunity for information sharing and networking with key influencers, grant makers, corporate organisations and senior charity representatives.

Up to ten groups will present their elevator pitches after which the audience and Funders will select the winners who will be awarded grants for their projects.

Please note that the opportunity to pitch will be subject to strict guidelines. 

The evening will also see the graduation of the AVOCADO+ Accelerator Programme Class of 2021. 

Programme (TBC):

  • Speed Networking with Funders
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Funders Top Tips
  • Pitch to Win!
  • Keynote Address
  • Voting Opens
  • AVOCADO+ Graduation
  • Winners Revealed
  • Grants Awarded
  • Raffle Prizes distributed
  • Networking & End

Things to note:

The AVOCADO+ Accelerator Programme is a partnership between Money4Youth, Race on the Agenda and IOF Black Fundraisers-UK. It serves the most disadvantaged people in our society and equips them to move to the next stage in their development, giving them the tools they need to survive and thrive.

Spaces are very limited so book now!