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Dragons Den 11

20th October 2023

Support Participatory Grantmaking

Giving is powerful.

Participatory grantmaking is about shifting the immense power of funding decisions into the hands of the communities whose work they support.

It’s about recognising that funding creates a relationship, and that power imbalances in that relationship affect everything we do as grantees—planning, programme delivery, monitoring and evaluation, and ultimately the scope and focus of entire organisations.

Participatory grantmaking is a global movement to create grants that are truly community-led. That means they’re created by the communities they fund, and awareded and reported on by those same communities.

At Dragons Den 2023, we need your help to create our biggest stage yet for BAMER-led organisations to showcase their transformative work and secure the funding they deserve.

In 2022, we raised more than £100,000 and this year we’re on a mission to at least double that figure, pushing to £200,000 to re-distribute to our amazing BAMER-led non-profits.

Your presence and support at Dragons Den will support the diverse range of BAMER-led organisations who contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our society. The leaders of grassroots, community-led charities will be presenting their grant pitches on the day, and you’ll also have the chance to network with representatives from grant funders and charity sector consultants.

Join the Dragons Den 2023 Crowdfunding Community


Virtual tickets

  • Ticket type: Virtual
  • Price: £10
  • Benefits: Live streaming the event

General admission

  • BAMER Concession Exclusive
  • Ticket Price: £25
  • Benefits:
    • Entrance at 5:30pm
    • Attend One Networking Session
    • Attend the Pitching and Award Ceremony

VIP Experience

  • BAMER Concession VIP Ticket Price: £50
  • Allies and Supporters VIP Ticket Price: £70
  • Benefits:
    • Entrance at 1pm
    • Extended Networking Time with Funders
    • Attend our Panel Discussion by Charity Sector Leaders
    • Pitch Your Idea for Grant Opportunities
    • Get an Exclusive Swag Bag
    • Attend the Award Ceremony

Champion Supporter

  • Ticket Price: £100
  •  Benefits:
    • VIP Experience
    • 50% of your pledge directly funds BAMER-led non-profits
    • Actively drive positive change through participatory grantmaking

By choosing the “Champion Supporter” ticket, you’re not only gaining exclusive VIP access to the event but also playing a pivotal role in driving impactful change.


’Ohana Floor (Floor 36), Salesforce Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Friday 20th October 2023

Event Schedule

VIP tickets

1:00 pmVIP ticket holders admission + Networking Session + nibbles, coffee, and tea

2:00 – 3:30 pm – Panel discussion: Participatory Grant-Making (guests TBA; VIP Experience Tickets)

VIP + Standard tickets

3:30 – 5:00 pm: General admission + Networking Session + Dinner

5:00 – 6:30 pm: Pitching Session

6:30 – 7:00 pm: Funders’ Deliberation (separate room), Raffle, and Voting

7:00 – 7:30 pm: Award Ceremony for AVOCADO+ and Grant Winners

7:30 – 8:00 pm: What’s Coming Next, Photos, and Close

8:00 pm – End

Dragons Den is designed to celebrate and showcase the inspiring work of some of the UK’s most outstanding nonprofits. All of them work with socially underrepresented people and are led by the communities they aim to serve.

The event, convened by Carol Akiwumi MBE since 2012, has connected the UK and International Grant makers with Black, Asian, Multi-ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) led organisations.

Soccology wins a £20,000 grant at Dragons Den 2022.

We are grateful to Arts Council England, BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief, CommUNITY Barnet, Edge Fund, Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Matrix Causes, The Pocressi Initiative, Prism The Gift Fund, Trust for London, The Tudor TrustUK Community Foundations and others, for their support at the event over the years.

With grateful thanks also to the City Bridge Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund, and Salesforce.

Attendees join the panel event at Dragons Den 2022.

Apply to Pitch Now!

 Deadline: September 25,2023

Pitching Terms and Conditions (click to show)

  1. How to enter
    1. Applications must be made using the online application form and before 23:59 on Monday 25th September 2023. Applications not made in this way may not be considered.
    2. Money4YOU reserves the right to grant special permission for an alternative pitch application method on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Eligibility for entry
    1. Applications are open to Black, Asian, Multi-Ethnic, or Refugee (BAMER)-led organisations (70% of your trustees and 51%+ of your organisation must be BAMER) whose work benefits Londoners.
    2. The applicant organisation must be a UK-registered nonprofit with at least three committee or board members.
    3. The applicant must be able to supply a valid Charity Commission or Companies House registration number, and its governing documents.
    4. The applicant must have a valid VIP ticket booking for the 2023 Dragons Den event. Tickets are transferrable but not refundable. Details are included in your confirmation email or you can contact us at
    5. The applicant must have attended the AVOCADO+ Accelerator Programme or be willing to attend from October 2023. For more information visit
    6. If selected to pitch, the applicant must attend the 2023 Dragons Den event in person.
  3. Choosing a winner
    1. Money4YOU will shortlist up to twelve organisations to go through to the final round.
    2. If selected for the final round, organisations will be invited to submit a pre-recorded video, no more than five minutes in length, by 23:59 on Monday 9th October 2023.
    3. Money4YOU reserves the right to deny the grant to the winning organisation should they not meet the entry criteria or if Money4YOU has concerns over the conduct of the organisation.
  4. The prize
    1. The prize is a cash grant to be announced at the 2023 Dragons Den event.
    2. Money4YOU reserves the right to change or withdraw this prize without notice.
    3. Further conditions may be placed on the prize following the receipt and review of the entering organisation’s application.
    4. Six months after the grant payment, winners will be required to submit a report and a video detailing the difference the grant has made.
  5. Limitation of liability
    1. Insofar as is permitted by law, Money4YOU, its agents and distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize. Your statutory rights are not affected.
  6. Data protection and publicity
    1. Money4YOU is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and will use your personal information in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and Money4YOU’s Privacy Policy, which is available at
    2. By entering, you agree that any personal information you provide with your entry may be held and used by Money4YOU or its agents and suppliers to administer the competition.

Please note that anyone pitching will need a ticket.

Money4YOU is a CIO registered in England & Wales. Charity Registration no: 1157549.