Liverpool Hope University recently hosted a Dragons’ Den for students, featuring members of the local business community as ‘Dragons’. Joining the lineup was Corporate & Commercial Lawyer and Partner at DTM Legal, Phil Whitehurst. The event took place at the Business School, challenging Business Management Students to present innovative business ideas or products to a panel of industry experts.
The students had to put forward compelling business concepts and effectively pitch them to the experienced ‘Dragons,’ renowned professionals looking for entrepreneurial potential. This event served as a unique platform for students and provided them with valuable experience in presenting and pitching their ideas.
A notable feature of the event was the common thread woven through the student pitches—an eagerness to break away from traditional market channels. The emphasis on online sales and the influential role of social media in marketing were recurrent themes, reflecting the students’ forward-thinking approach. The diverse array of products showcased demonstrated the students’ creativity and determination to carve out a niche in the competitive business world.
Liverpool Hope University Business School played host to a wide array of unique ideas, and the students’ efforts did not go unnoticed. The pitches were demonstrations of hard work, innovation, and a commitment to breaking away from the norm. The students pitches reflected their dedication and passion.
In his role as a Dragon, Phil Whitehurst joined a diverse panel of volunteers, bringing his expertise as a Corporate & Commercial Lawyer to the table. He aimed to help students to refine their ideas while offering encouragement to fuel their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. This underscores his commitment to fostering the next generation of business leaders.
Joining Phil on the panel were other distinguished ‘Dragons’ with their own wealth of expertise. Brian Ricketts, Senior Professional Tutor at Liverpool Hope University, Jan Peters, Founder and Owner of USP Creative, and Craig Marsh, Dean of Liverpool Hope University Business School. Collectively the Dragons provided valuable insights and feedback to the aspiring entrepreneurs.
Phil’s expertise covers a myriad of corporate and commercial legal services including; business acquisitions and disposals, private equity and venture capital investment, management buy outs and strategic joint ventures, restructurings, shareholder agreements, employee share schemes and commercial contracts. You can view Phil’s profile for more information on his career. If you are seeking legal services please call the DTM Legal team on 0151 321 0000 or submit an enquiry – Contact DTM Legal