Roehampton Business School Alumnus gets backing from Dragons Den

Entrepreneurial Roehampton Business graduate Gurminder Dhillon has recently won the backing of Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Touker Suleyman in the latest series of BBC’s Dragons Den, for his invention, Boot Buddy.

Posted: 24 October 2016

After graduating from Roehampton in 2013 with a BA Business and Marketing, Gurminder, 21 went on to found Boot Buddy with his younger brother Arminder, now 15. The idea was born out of their dislike of cleaning muddy football boots.

The design, which incorporates a brush, scraper and a container for water, helps people remove mud from shoes before they get into a car or travel home by public transport.

Gurminder and Arminder appeared on Dragons Den to pitch their product with the hope of securing 60,000 and walked away with the backing of three of the dragons, each investing £20,000 for a 10% share of the company. Deborah Meaden said, “Living on a farm I can definitely see the need for a product like Boot Buddy. It will save you from spending countless hours cleaning mud off your shoes which is frankly one of the most tedious household chores there is.”

Gurminder said that “appearing on Dragons’ Den is by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Going on the show can either make or break both you and your business. Luckily, I came out the other side smiling. Now it’s time for me to grill The Dragons back and see where we can take the boot buddy.

Roehampton Business School gave me all of the foundations I needed to start up and run a business. All the modules I chose were because I wished to start a business. Those modules included marketing, entrepreneurship, retail and accounting. Four key aspects of business which I cannot thank Roehampton Business School enough for teaching me.”

Fiona Robson, Deputy Director of the Business School said “We are delighted that Gurminder has been able to use his business knowledge and expertise to create such an innovative product. The Business School will be following his continuing journey to success with pride”. She added “We are looking forward to sharing the story of Boot Buddy to inspire the students on our popular Business Management and Entrepreneurship programme.”

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