Doug Richard


Doug Richard



School for Creative Start-Ups

Doug Richard is a successful entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the development and leadership of technology and software ventures. He featured in the first two TV series of Dragon’s Den and is the Founder of School for Startups, Co-Founder of the Cambridge Angels and was Chairman of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force.

Mr. Richard holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor at the University of California School of Law in Los Angeles. In 2006, Mr. Richard was an Honorary Recipient of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and in 2007 he became a fellow of the RSA. In 2009 he received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex for his contributions to the teaching of Entrepreneurship.

In 2012, Mr. Richard commissioned an independent review into the future of apprenticeships for the Government. He was selected to do so by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education for his strong reputation in the spheres of both business and business education, enabling him to provide an independent analysis of the future priorities of the Government’s scheme.

More recently, Mr. Richard’s School for Startups has been named as a leading delivery partner for the Government’s Start Up loan scheme and has committed to help reach lending targets of £110m by April 2015.