Doug Richard is a UK based Californian serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Richard came to public prominence as a result of the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den, where he appeared as a ‘dragon’, or investor in the first two series. He subsequently became known for the Richard Report, the Entrepreneur’s Manifesto and several other initiatives directed at improving UK support for startups and small businesses.
Doug has received a host of honours and awards during his career and was the first American to receive The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Amongst others, he became a fellow of the RSA and received an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Essex for his contribution to entrepreneurship education.
4 years ago Doug started School for Startups through which he has educated over 12,000 startups on the skills required to be successful. Last year Doug started School for Creative Startups with the sole remit of teaching creative people how to turn their creative hobbies into sustainable lifestyle businesses.