We’re thrilled to announce that Virgin StartUp ambassador Rob Manley of Illuminated Apparel made a recent appearance on Dragon’s Den – and won investment from Deborah Meaden!

Robert Manley, Illuminated Apparel

Illuminated Apparel create interactive glow t-shirts, using an ink that Rob invented in his mum’s kitchen – it’s 10 times brighter and lasts 10 times longer than any of its competitors. Now Deborah Meaden has offered £50,000 for a 20% stake in the business, an offer that Rob accepted.

It tops off a run of exciting achievements for Rob, including the t-shirts featuring on BBC’s The Gadget Show, selling out of t-shirts on e-commerce website Not On The Highstreet two weeks before Christmas, and meeting Richard Branson during the Virgin StartUp ambassadors masterclass. Congratulations to Rob – here’s to a successful 2017!

Get the Virgin StartUp Business plan

The information contained in this website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice on any matter.  Use of this website is at users own risk and is not intended to create a lawyer-client relationship between Virgin StartUp and any user. Information displayed on this website is provided “as is” and Virgin StartUp does not provide any express or implied warranty or representation concerning the information, including but not limited to the accuracy or appropriateness of the information. Virgin StartUp recommend that users seek their own legal advice before taking (or refraining from) taking any action and do not accept any liability in respect of any actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the information displayed on this website to the fullest extent permitted by law.