On 25 October, the Marylebone Entrepreneurial Club will be hosting a live pitching competition at the University of Westminster where club members will be pitching their businesses to a panel of real investors, aiming to raise £1,000,000 between them.

The panel of judges will include Stepan Galaev, Investment Director at Galaev & Co whose firm manages angel portfolios for Dragons Den’s investors, amongst others.

Professor Malcolm Kirkup, the Head of College at Westminster Business School, will kick off the event with an opening address.

The Marylebone Entrepreneurial Club was founded by two University of Westminster graduates, Dennis G. Lucan and Slava Baranovskiy, to create a start-up community to bridge academic knowledge and practical application, from business concept to market.

Club members have been receiving support for the last six months from the club founders and their companies, DGL Group and ELIGENT, through a series of business events and mentoring. DGL Group offers consultancy and branding services for start-ups and educational institutions. Eligent is a full cycle digital studio providing tech development and creative services for established businesses and start-ups.

The entrepreneurs attending are from a variety of sectors across industry including e-commerce, cloud-based software, online services and AI solutions.

This is the first event of its kind hosted at Westminster Business School by alumni of the school to support the current student community in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Development MSc course directed by Dr Luca Cacciolatti.

Marylebone Entrepreneurial Club Founders Dennis G. Lucan and Slava Baranovskiy said about the event: “We are delighted to organise such an outstanding event. We believe the event will represent a cornerstone for entrepreneurship at the University by combining the academic knowledge with business application.”

Luca Cacciolatti, Course Leader of the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Development MSc course, said: “As an academic, I am really proud to see that, at our University, what we teach students sparkles ideas and new ventures. I love to see the impact that our scholarly activities have on the local community.

“The Marylebone Entrepreneurial Club is definitely a great example of how smart students with a strong entrepreneurial spirit can get inspired by our teaching and research, and then act independently by changing the local economy. The over 150 start-ups that the Marylebone Entrepreneurial Club have been helping so far through business workshops and individual mentoring meetings are a result that speaks for itself.”

The attendees are invited to join the celebration party on Saturday 27 October.

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