Episode 1: Herbie Porsche
You arrive that morning at the location full apprehension, dreams, hopes and fears. The next thing you climb up the staircase and the head empties. Then you see The Dragons. All I was thinking was 'don't go over the two minutes, stand on the mark on the floor as much as possible, don't stammer, and don't stop breathing'. It's a rough road the first 20 seconds and then you remember the advice from the pitch couch that is there before you go into the Den. Catherine is a very gently but firm coach and she coaxed out the best in me. You rattle through the next 60 seconds. The question and answer bit was less stressful. It's your product, it's your figures, and it's your dream.
The whole experience is like stepping into the tallest, fastest and scariest rollercoaster you have ever seen. And then after up and down, loop de loop, left, right, upside down, head exploding, stomach up, stomach down, shaken, rattled and stirred it spits you out on the other end. You walk away soft in the knees but elated, happy, endlessly relieved and proud.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: All Dragons were very polite, very fair and professional. Not one turned out to be tougher than the other.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Yes, I was very nervous from when I arrived up to entering the Den. But all the production staff make it easy and take away a lot of nerves and fears.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: No, whatever comes out of the woodworks has to be dealt with. They were all fair questions.
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: I felt all the Dragons were interested in my idea. Nobody knocked it or made small of it. Gavin Duffy was most interested.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: No, I did what I could and was able for on the day.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Yes, it is a great experience and can only be positive for the future.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: What happened in the Den is potentially life changing, both financially and personally. It means the world to me.