Dragons’ Den 2019 is back on BBC Two this month - from the start date to the dragons, here's all you need to know.
Dragons’ Den opens the doors once more for a brand new series, its seventeenth overall.
Making up the Dragons this year are returning Serial investor Deborah Meaden, technology titan Peter Jones, fashion retail tycoon Touker Suleyman and supplement supremo Tej Lalvani.
Joining the den is new dragon Sara Davies, founder of worldwide crafting company, Crafter's Companion, who replaces cashpoint queen Jenny Campbell.
Dragons' Den start date
Dragons' Den's new series will start at 8PM on Sunday, August 11.
Host Evan Davis will guide the latest business hopefuls through the process.
Business pitches in the first episode come from creator of a brand of spiced rum, a couple who have brought a four-legged friend to demonstrate a new range of pet food, and the inventor of a unique toilet gadget.
You can catch up and watch all the episodes online via the BBC iPlayer.
The Dragon's Den Dragons
New Dragon Sara Davies replaces Jenny Campbell, who stepped down from the show in February. Sara hails from County Durham and at 35 years old she is the youngest ever Dragon. She founded Crafter's Companion, a retail business specialising in craft tools - designing and manufacturing many of its own products, 13 years ago from her bedroom at university. She now turns over £34 million a year and employs more than 190 staff in UK, the US and across Europe.
Tej Lalvani is the CEO of Vitabiotics, the largest vitamin company in the UK by value sales with a current group turnover of over £300 million a year. Tej is the CEO of the company which was founded in 1971 by his scientist father Professor Kartar Lalvani who remains the company’s Chairman.
A Dragon from the very first series Peter’s business career started out at a young age when he set up his own tennis coaching school. He has been through some difficult financial times in the past but he is now one of Britain's best-known entrepreneurs. His business portfolio ranges from Jessops and Levi Roots to Wonderland Magazine and Bladez Toyz.
Deborah Meaden launched her first business straight out of college, before setting up one of the first ‘Stefanel’ fashion franchises in the UK.She later joined her family business - Weststar Holidays before becoming a full-time investor. Her portfolio includes a range of business from a recipe sharing website a solar electricity business.
Touker Suleyman has 40 years experience in retail and manufacturing. Originally starting his career in accountancy, Touker is now perhaps best known in business circles as the founder of quintessentially British menswear brand, Hawes & Curtis and the man credited with reinventing the seminal 90s womenswear label, Ghost.
Dragons' Den airs on BBC Two at 8PM on Sunday nights from August 11.