Episode 2: Tidy Ads
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: I think that my experience in the den was definitely the surrealest experience of my life, to date. It has always been an ambition of mine as I've been a keen viewer of the show for many years.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: What a good question! I wouldn't call any of them tough, they made fair points which I have accepted and have taken on board. I found Gavin Duffy to be particularly hostile, considering the time of day, he hadn't been there long and could have given me a chance. I would like to have to seen him stand up in front of the cameras, just turned 22 years of age, pitching a business!
Q: Were you nervous?
A: In the days leading up to the show, the nerves built up quite a bit. On the stairs leading up to the den, the nerves built up to the point where I thought I would explode under the pressure! Walking through the door, across the floor to the table, was one of the greatest buzzes of my life. At this point I still hadn't acknowledged the Dragons, and was probably shaking like a leaf. Then you turn around, and see five pairs of eyes drilling in to you. Upon starting the pitch, the nerves probably show through, but after the pitch was over and conversation had started to flow I relaxed and started to really enjoy the experience.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: I can't say I was too surprised, as investors will always the same sort of questions. However there are always one or two that are there to catch you out.
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Another good question! I probably couldn't tell you. Bobby was the last to declare himself 'Out', but I think this was mainly due to him enjoying the laugh than him having a genuine interest in a deal!
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Of course not. No regrets! I done the best I could, with the business I had chosen to take to the Den. Had I come in with something else, the outcome could have been a lot different. I'll be back!
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Yes of course, it is an amazing experience. I met some amazing people, made a lot of contacts and if nothing else, have something to put on my CV which very few other people do. There's no University Degree that'll give you that sort of experience!
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: Just being chosen as one of the stronger entrepreneurs from the thousands that applied has given me quite a confidence boost. I'm still young, just 22, but I now have a much higher desire to continue on with what I am doing.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: Whether or not it will be this business that makes it to the big-time, or another, I still see myself getting to the same place. But I can't speculate on where TidyAds will be specifically. I guess we will all have to wait and see! Right now, I'm very excited for what the future holds. Never, ever give up!
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: My lasting memory will be the moment a butterfly appeared from nowhere and flew across the room at me. And my God, I've never seen a bigger butterfly in all my life. If I didn't know better, I'd think that Bobby had kept it in a jar, waiting for just the right moment!