Ariadne Capital and First Tuesday founder Julie Meyer is one of the two “dragons” being tapped for the panel of a new, online-only production of BBC business gameshow Dragon’s Den. Meyer, who, at NewMedia Investors, backed companies like Lastminute.com, is joined by Shaf Rasul, founder of Edinburgh optical storage distributor E-Net Computers and an investor in property and internet companies.
The BBC’s new multiplatform commission will show online video pitches from entrepreneurs and subsequent interchanges with the potential investors, whose handouts will be capped at £50,000. The videos go online starting Monday, March 30, published weekly, and will include audience contributions like rating business plans. It will be hosted by BBC Radio One breakfast newsreader Dominic Byrne. Meyer has also advised Skype and Espotting, and backed Spinvox, Slicethepie and Zopa.