Episode 8: PerfectGift
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: Overall the Dragons Den experience was an extremely positive one. It made me ask questions of the business that I perhaps hadn't considered before, and has led to improvements in my future strategy for the company.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Bobby Kerr
Q: Were you nervous?
A: I was nervous, but in a good way. I think it really helped me to focus.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: Just the one - but you learn from those mistakes!
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: From the feedback and questions they asked, I could tell that Gavin Duffy, Norah Casey and Sean O'Sullivan were interested.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: In hindsight I think I could have been better prepared for one or two of the questions, but hindsight is a wonderful thing and I suppose this would always have been the case! The positive thing is I'll be prepared for those in the future, and I'll be better.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Absolutely. If you go into the Den it will really stand you in good stead for your overall understanding of your business and future strategy. I have found it's really sharpened my view of where I want to take the business and how I'm going to get there.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: It was an experience for me personally. It has developed my skills and even though I made mistakes, I have learned from these. The Den experience has given me a clearer outlook on business.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: I see PerfectGift securing a substantial market in Ireland and expanded into the United Kingdom.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: Norah, Gavin and Sean O'Sullivan saying that they liked the product. In particular Sean saying that he thinks the idea is going to be a success. It is always great to hear positive feedback like that.