CIMR in conversation with Touker Suleyman of Dragon’s Den

When: 8 December 2021, 17:00 — 18:00
Venue: Online

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Join the Centre for Innovation Management Research on Wednesday 8 December for our MSc and Alumni online event with special guest Touker Suleyman (of Dragon’s Den)

It has been said that Entrepreneurs must innovate to stay relevant, which is why we are thrilled to have a seasoned and well-known entrepreneur Touker Suleyman (of Dragon’s Den) as our special guest at this year’s Centre for Innovation Management and Research (CIMR) MSc students event. We will listen to Touker as he relays his inspiring entrepreneurial journey, before seeing him take on his role as a dragon and offer advice to 2 students who will pitch their business to him in 3mins. 

In addition, academics from the CIMR will showcase new initiatives within the business school and upcoming events that could be beneficial to students. The event will conclude with a Q&A session for Touker, so come ready with your questions. 

Please ensure you register online if you would like to attend the event as you will need to register to receive the online link. 


Touker Suleyman has 40 years’ retail and manufacturing experience and is best known as the founder of quintessentially British menswear brand, Hawes & Curtis and the man credited with reinventing the seminal 90s womenswear label, Ghost.

After a false start in accountancy, Touker kicked off his retail career at the age of 18. He entered into a joint venture in a leather factory and soon after established a clothing manufacturer supplying to some of the biggest names of the British high street.

Touker’s rise in the business world has not been without its challenge. In the 1980s auditors identified significant debt behind one of his business ventures and he had six weeks to find £2 million pounds. Unfortunately a potential investor pulling out at the last minute, forcing the business into liquidation, and he was forced to start again from nothing.

Touker went on to build a thriving international clothing manufacturer which still sits at the heart of his businesses and is now a serial entrepreneur, backing seven retail and commercial property businesses. Touker has a keen interest in supporting start-ups and invests in a number of small British companies.