New Dragons' Den - get ready for a grilling

There’s a brand new version of Dragons’ Den on its way... and it’s making smoking promises to be more flame-grilled than ever.

The new show will feature exclusively online – although don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s going to be a scaled down version of the original (scaled... geddit? Like dragon scales... Like... their skin is made of scales? Oh forget it).

The two new brainy business big-shots in the fiery lair are Shaf Rasul and Julie Meyer. You can watch Julie’s interview with Smarta here.

Julie founded her venture capital firm, Ariadne Capital, in 2000 and has since gone on to become an early adviser to companies including Skype and Espotting. Ariadne’s portfolio of tech start-ups includes businesses such as Monitise, SpinVox, LogicServe and Zopa. It’s raised hundreds of millions of capital for start-ups, particularly in the technology and media sectors.

Edinburgh-based Shaf made his millions in property and computers. His E-net Computers business is worth £35m. Interests in Dubai and property take him to £82m.

The online Dragons’ Den will be for entrepreneurs looking for up to £50,000 investment – whereas the TV version is for those looking for £50,000 or more.

If you want to apply to be on the show, you can do it or just find out more here.

The Dragons’ Den show peeps (though doubtful the Dragons themselves) will also be at the Grow Your Own Business Exhibition at Olympia, tomorrow and Saturday sourcing talent for both the online and the TV show.

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