Last week I was delighted to be invited to the Dragon’s Den Charity Ball which took place on 18th September 2009 at Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh. BBC Dragon, Shaf Rasul, invites Stacey and myself along for what ended up a great weekend in Edinburgh.
We flew up on the Friday morning and stayed in the 5-star, Fraser Suites Edinburgh Hotel – a fantastic new hotel in the centre of the old town in Edinburgh. Part of the agenda of the trip was to meet up with Editor-in-Chief of geeks.co.uk, Ally Millar and we managed to sneak in a few hours prior to the event.
The event was a black tie event and Stace and I were suitably dressed up and were even snapped for No.1 Magazine in Scotland – apparently most popular glossy magazine. After a good few glasses of champagne at the event we were seated to a splendid three course meal with a few trips to the bar to network.
Then came a number of speeches from the hosts of the night and the online Dragons, Julie Meyer & Shaf Rasul – his speech is below.
After the dinner came the charity auction with a host of items available from a Pele signed Brazil shirt, Lewis Hamilton memorabilia, Madonna signed items etc – the rush of the auction (and the good cause) slightly got to me (nothing to do with the beer) and I was very close to winning a formula 1 driving day for £3,500, unluckily (or indeed fortunately) I was outbid in the end.
It was a fantastic invite which I was delighted to attend and mix with fellow entrepreneurs, the full team at geeks, a few old faces from Ambergreen Internet Marketing and Shaf.
Here are a few pictures from the event....