Dragons’ Den is set to welcome its youngest ever entrepreneur onto the show in the new series, with the new Dragon already heating things up with his peers.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Vitabiotics CEO Tej Lalvani had stepped down from the BBC programme after four years, with Steven Bartlett eventually announced as his replacement.
At 28 years old, Steven is the youngest person ever to sit in a Dragon’s chair, having set up a social media marketing company that came to be valued at £300million.
In a first look at the 19th series of the show, Touker Suleyman, who’s been on Dragons’ Den since 2015, immediately calls Steven’s credentials into question.
As the newcomer takes his seat, Touker abrasively yells out: ‘What do you know about business?’
‘I’ve built a £300million business at 28 years old!’ Steven retorts.
While we expect any tension between them would just be for show, it’ll definitely be intriguing to see how the dynamic in the den changes with Steven’s arrival.
Sharing the teaser on Twitter, he explained how his appointment on Dragons’ Den is part of a full circle moment for him.
‘10 years ago at 18 years old I applied to pitch to the Dragons,’ he wrote.
‘10 years later at 28 years old I have the honour of sitting amongst them.’
Several people expressed their excitement over his debut, with one writing: ‘This is going to be sooo freakin entertaining!!!!!’
‘Stephen is so charismatic, will be brilliant,’ another remarked.
At another point in the first clip, Steven hinted that he’s on the lookout for love, stating: ‘I’m a single 28-year-old guy trying to find a girlfriend.’
‘My daughter’s out the back!’ responds a woman who’s appeared on the show in the hope of a business investment.
We’re not sure Steven was expecting to receive date pitches as well as business proposals.
When it was revealed that Steven had been cast, he described the new role as a ‘tremendous honour’.
‘It’s a tremendous honour to join the Den, hopefully representing a new generation of entrepreneurs, inspiring young and specifically under-represented entrepreneurs to follow in my footsteps,’ he said.
Dragons’ Den returns on January 6 on BBC iPlayer.