TV & Media
Piers appeared as an investor on the BBC prime-time show ‘Dragons’ Den’ (Shark Tank in the USA) for two seasons (2013 – 2015). Series 11 was BAFTA nominated. In 2011 he appeared in the popular Channel 4 series, ‘The Secret Millionaire’ where I went undercover into a Young Offenders Institution to learn more about the work of charities that support young offenders.
Piers provides commentary and insight into business, the economy, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and diversity across all media including Sky News, BBC News, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, ITV News, GB News, breakfast TV shows and a wide range of national and regional radio stations. In 2019 Piers reached #1 on the Apple /iTunes Podcasts Chart with 'Rethinking Business' in association with UK bank, NatWest.
Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank in the USA) is a BBC prime-time series in which budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five investors willing to invest their own cash (series 11 and 12). My investments included Wonderbly (the UKTech Track #1 in 2017) publisher of personalised content for children. Despite Piers setting the highest valuation record until 2021 on the show, Wonderbly is probably the most successful exited investment ever made on the UK show.
The Secret Millionaire
The Secret Millionaire was a Channel 4 reality television show which originated in the UK, in which participants go incognito into impoverished communities. They have to live on a limited budget and work and volunteer alongside the locals to find individuals or projects whom they think deserve support. On their final day, participants come clean and reveal their true identity to the people they have chosen. I spent most of my time working with young offenders in the prison and I went on to employ and train one of the young men I met during filming. He has gone on to establish a successful career as a cloud infrastructure architect and is testament to the difference that access to guidance and opportunity to make.