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Student entrepreneur stars on Dragons' Den

Posted on 14/09/2010

Jessica has developed a unique game-trading website

Jessica Ratcliffe, a 20 year old BSc Management student at Royal Holloway, University of London, recently faced tough questioning from investors on the hit BBC TV show, Dragons’ Den.

Broadcast on BBC Two on 13 September 2010, Jessica pitched for investment for her game-swapping website, GaBoom.co.uk. A passionate gamer and entrepreneur, Jess has been working tirelessly since January 2010 to develop and launch her dream game-trading platform, GaBoom.co.uk.  “We have developed a safe, easy and unique way of trading games online; providing users, not only with our automatic user-matching system but two secure and insured postage options to take the hassle and risk out of trading their games online,” says Jess.

Jess told the Dragons the support she had received at Royal Holloway, one of the UK’s top destinations for student entrepreneurs, had been a critical factor in helping her to build her business. As a committee member of Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs, the student enterprise society, she has also inspired other students to follow their dreams.

Jess believes that pre-owned games will remain the choice of many gamers across the UK.  “With approximately 12.4 million people in the UK currently buying their games second-hand, it is going to take something massive for all of them to switch to only buying their games brand new,” she says.

Doug Richard, who featured as a Dragon in the first two series of the show, thinks the current Dragons made a mistake by not investing. He told the BBC that GaBoom presents a “clear and wonderful opportunity… Jessica, wherever you are, there’s one ex-Dragon who believes in you.”

You can watch Jessica’s performance on BBC iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/tv4js/?t=19m02s

Gamers who wish to swap a game can do so now at www.gaboom.co.uk.

For more information about Royal Holloway’s services for student entrepreneurs, visit http://www.rhul.ac.uk/careers/students/entrepreneurship/home.aspx.


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