BU to host BowShot e-Den series

e-Den presentation BU will host the popular BowShot e-Den competition in 2008.

The BowShot e-Den competition returns to BU with an opportunity for emerging web entrepreneurs to win £10,000.

The e-Den format is based on the popular Dragons' Den concept, as featured on BBC TV. During each e-Den event, four candidates will have their web-based companies scrutinised by a panel of experts in front of a live audience.

Winners will emerge from each preliminary round in April, May, June and July, and the four finalists will meet in September, where an overall winner will be chosen.

The outright winner will receive up to £10,000 worth of e-business consultancy, and 12 months’ membership of BowShot’s e-traders’ Group.

Last year more than 500 audience members watched as the expert judging panel offered thousands of pounds’ worth of advice on how to make each e-business more profitable. Andy Tucker of Naturetrek Ltd, won the competition in 2007 and believes it made a huge difference to his business.

“Our staff and management have become much more focused on the value of our e-business, which has seen a big increase in turnover,” said Andy.

2007 e-Den judges “I would recommend taking part to anyone who is serious about improving their sales through the web” - 2007 winner Andy Tucker.

“I would recommend taking part, whether as a candidate or as a member of the audience, to anyone who is serious about improving their sales through the web.”

The expert panel for e-Den in 2008 features Martin Montague, CEO of Symbios Group, which runs over 200 e-commerce sites, and Spencer Gallagher, founder and MD of Bluhalo, a UK Top 20 digital agency, responsible for 1,300+ active websites, as well as other e-business professionals.

This is the second e-Den series organised by BowShot Ltd, the framework organisation for an active community of high-achieving entrepreneurs, in Dorset and Hampshire.

BowShot managing director, Nicholas Steven, said: “The e-Den concept has really taken off, with its focus on e-business and entrepreneurship. Last year’s series of events has already demonstrated how anyone can turn a PC, a desk, and a will to succeed into a profitable enterprise.

“In what is predicted to be a tough year for UK businesses, being able to generate additional revenue through the internet can be vital.”

Event Details

Where: Lees Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus
When: Four Preliminary Rounds - Thursday 3 April, 15 May, 5 June, 3 July; Final – Thursday, 18 September
Price: Audience Tickets are £40 +VAT
Further Information: For tickets and further information about the BowShot e-Den competition, please visit the website www.bowshot.org. For further information about the venue and conferencing at Bu please telephone (01202) 961045 or email conferencing@bournemouth.ac.uk.

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