Imran Hakim

Dragon's Den Entrepreneur

Imran Hakim is best known as one of the most successful individuals to gain investment from BBC’s Dragon’s Den after he pitched his innovative iTeddy product idea. After securing investment on the programme, Hakim has gone on to work with both Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones to successfully launch the award-winning iTeddy and associated license platform in over 40 countries worldwide including every major UK toy retailer.

What many people don’t realise is that Imran’s business experience began long before he entered the Dragon’s Den. An optometrist by profession, Imran runs a successful chain of independent Optician practices in and around the Northwest. Having run his own business since he was 16, he has extensive first-hand experience of a wide range of business sectors.

Nowadays, as well as working on the iTeddy business, Imran controls a diverse portfolio which includes a lens laboratory, spectacle frame distribution business, optical retail outlets, as well as management, recruitment and investment companies.

Imran’s interests include expanding his business portfolio whilst encouraging entrepreneurship through mentoring and as an inspirational role model for young entrepreneurs in the Prime Minister’s “Backing Young Britain” campaign. In addition, he works with UMIP as Director of Entrepreneurship. He is active on the speaking circuit, and is always looking for new business opportunities to incubate and invest in.

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“At the recent IoD Lancashire event Imran Hakim enthralled the audience of business leaders and directors with an insight into his remarkable success story. This influential group were impressed by Imran’s drive and natural entrepreneurship and his ability to recognise opportunities and learn from past mistakes.” – Darrell Matthews – IoD North West, Regional Director.

“Imran was a familiar face to many in our audience because of his appearance on Dragons Den and his presentation not only gave us an entertaining update on the progress of his runaway success iTeddy but also cemented his growing reputation as being much more than a “one hit wonder”. People commented that they hadn’t realised he was such a serial entrepreneur always on the lookout for his next business success. He was a very relaxed and natural presenter and his case study was extremely well received by our delegates.” – UK India Business Council (UKIBC).