Episode 10: Glass Act
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: Clíona Murphy- Our experience in Junior Dragons' Den was really just a great opportunity. We found out about television and what goes on behind the camera, as well as challenging ourselves with new business goals for the programme.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Aisling Maher- Ramona Nicholas! She was the first Dragon to bow out. Having said that though, she was very nice and said she would proudly sell a product like ours in her homeware store. I really admire Ramona as she's a great role-model for female entrepreneurs and she's proof that hard work and perseverance does pay off!
Clíona Murphy - I think Ramona was the toughest Dragon. She was interested in our product, because it is related to her brand Cara Homeware. This meant she asked some tough questions about our business.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Aisling Maher- I was quite nervous because it was such a new experience having cameras pointed at you and five powerful entrepreneurs sat in front of you giving you their undivided attention! I had been on TV once before though so I had a bit of an idea as to how the filming of a TV show takes place. The Regional and National competitions to get into the Den also helped prepare for the Pitch itself so the experience was (fortunately) more exciting than daunting!
Clíona Murphy - Surprisingly not! We knew we were prepared with our pitch, so we only had to go out and do our best.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: Aisling Maher- I was surprised by some of the questions. Both my partner, Clíona, and I, had never done business studies before, so we weren't too familiar with all the business jargon! But the Dragons were very helpful and weren't as hard on us are they are with the seniors!
Clíona Murphy - Some of the questions were tricky, but overall they were just what we had expected.
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Aisling Maher- Gavin Duffy was most interested in the idea. He was fascinated by the process in which the products are made and was very impressed with the quality.
Clíona Murphy - I think Gavin was the most interested in our idea, as he asked lots of questions about production and marketing.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Aisling Maher- No, I don't think I would have done anything differently. I had such a great experience in the Den and all the Dragons were really positive about the product.
Clíona Murphy- No, I really enjoyed the experience and don't think I could have done anything more.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Aisling Maher- I most definitely would recommend applying for Dragons' Den! My friend, Clíona, and I applied on a whim and never expected to come so far and have such a great experience. Pitching in the Den was a great opportunity. After all, not many sixteen year olds can say they've appeared on national telly, presenting their ideas to five of the most esteemed business people in Ireland!
Clíona Murphy - Definitely - it gives you practice at pitching your idea to experienced business people, who give great feedback and constructive criticism.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: Aisling Maher - To be honest, I see myself pursuing the business more as a hobby in the future. The business started just six months ago as part of our Transition Year business curriculum and has snowballed since then! I hope to still be producing and selling my glass creations in five years time, but more as a pastime and a way to make a bit of money more than anything else. Hopefully I'll be selling my products at craft fairs and markets.
Clíona Murphy - I don't think I will be part of this company in five years
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: Aisling Maher- My most lasting memory is walking up the stairs to the Den with Clíona and practically giggling with nerves. We had come through lots of rounds to get to where we were and couldn't believe we were finally about to face the Dragons! We were both very nervous and very giddy (as we usually are when we're together!) but as soon as we stepped into the Den the reality hit us and we were dying to do our pitch and see what the Dragons thought. It was surreal to be standing in the room I had seen on television so many times with such a good friend, having such a great opportunity together!
Clíona Murphy - The memory of standing in front of the judges, just as it's seen on TV, will stay with me forever!