Episode 8

Broadcast: 9/04/2009 - This episode has now expired

Name: Tim Rooney
Idea: Surf Seed
Investment: €100,000
Equity: 20%
Location: Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin
Web: www.surfseeds.com

Product: Surf Seeds are a image conscious cool healthy snack food range. Packaged in the shape of a surf board.

Came up with Idea: Tim came up with the idea when Superquinn asked him to make a new range of bread "Fibre net" which is a 5 seed bread. This led to the research on seeds that eventually led to Surf Seeds. He reckons nobody else is making seeds look cool! The whole idea of the Surf Seeds brand was inspired by the fact he grew up by the sea in Sligo where there is a huge surfing culture.

Personal Information: Tim is married with four kids - 1 girl and 3 boys and has been living happily in Dun Laoghaire since starting his family 20 years ago.He just acquired a master's degree in culinary innovation and new product development which he did full time this year.

Outcome: Bobby and Sean invest in the ¤100,000 for a 10% share each in business

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Name: Damien McGrane
Idea: Takker
Investment: €50,000
Equity: 20%
Location: Carrickfergus, Co.Antrim
Web: www.takker.com

Product:Simple and quick gadget for wall hangings. Anyone can hang a picture without the use of a hammer or power tool within seconds and without damaging the wall.

Came up with Idea: Damien originally bought the concept off a German Company and has been developing it for the past 5 years.

Personal Information:Damien is 42 year old living in Co. Antrim but is originally from the UK and has a history in design engineering.

Outcome: Gavin invested ¤50,000 for 42.5% of the business

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Name: John Boyle
Idea: Floaters
Investment: €100,000
Equity: 30%
Location: Tallaght, Dublin 24
Web: www.zsweet.eu

Product: Floaters is an optical illusion in Floating Plant Display in the form of a shelf. Supported by a single fixing from above

Came up with Idea: John came up with the idea of Floaters when he was 29. He couldn't afford presents at Christmas time but had a design factory at the time and came up with Floaters. He made a few samples and distributed them among friends and family. Some of them are still in existence today. It has now been 30 years on the market.

Personal Information: John is 59 years old and is now retired. He has previously worked designing for Guinness and the sign and display market. He is also a musician and a doting grandfather.


Name: Alicia Grills Grant and Anne-Marie Hamill
Idea: The Wedding Runner
Investment: €45,000
Equity: 10%
Location: Dundalk, Co.Louth
Web: www.weddingrunner.com

Product: A fully customised bespoke wedding aisle runner. The runner will be specified to the length of any church, the colours and borders can be changed to suit the wedding theme. It can also be monogrammed with the couples names or initials. Family crest can be added and the date of the wedding. We will strive for the service end of our product as we are acutely aware how important lead times etc. will be in relation to weddings.

Came up with Idea: In times of recession the only business that is not really affected is the wedding business. Neither Alicia or Anne-Marie are particularly passionate about weddings but both are passionate about business and realise that they have a winning product, by targeting the wedding fairs they have direct marketing with their customers who are getting married and in search of the 'something different'.

Personal Information: Alicia is a mother of 3 and has had 10 years experience in the rug business and has also trained as an interior designer. She set up as a sole trader in 2003 going on to set up as a limited company in 2005. She bought her flagship 7500 sq ft store in 2005 and has a thriving business. She is passionate about her rug business and fought for respect in the game, as many suppliers in the trade discriminate against women and especially such a young business women.
Anne-Marie's background was in Nursing and Midwifery but having found a passion for design when renovating her first home she took a course in Interior Design as she was inundated with work. She qualified in Interior Design and Architect in 2001. She then moved from Dublin to Co. Louth in 2003 .She was picked to take place in RTE's 'Showhouse' programme and won overwhelmingly. This helped launch the name locally. She then went on to open her design studio in 2006 which has grown from strength to strength and can now boast a great design team.

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