Episode 4: Eoin Ryan
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: I was well prepared. Do that and the more difficult stuff goes down a few notches. As the expression goes: 'Don't sweat the small stuff'. I'd practiced but more importantly I'd visualised myself in front of the Dragons regularly. I did my research on the Dragons and knew who i was targeting in particular. I had a plan B if they weren't receiving it as I'd envisaged. As it turned out - I had to go to plan B.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Peter Casey. I felt he was too quick to decide.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Yes, naturally. However, my experience of hosting my own Seminars and being a Toastmaster really stood to me.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: Not especially. I was surprised that no one asked me for clear cut figures. That's why I isolate Peter as the toughest. Had he asked me figures, I think he would have stayed in a bit longer...
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Gavin and Ramona. They were also my identified targets.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Not at all. I gave my best. It didn't flow as I'd imagined but i was open to any eventuality.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Yes, do it. Life is all about experiences. If you have an idea ask yourself - 'what's the worst that can happen?' Then when you are comfortable with your answer, send in the application or don't send it in.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: If nothing else I hope people will be more positive and active as a result of Outcomerun - Positivity gives you the edge. I'd like to be selling out the Outcomerun Seminars around the country and maybe further afield. I hope the book will be an inspiration to others. Outcomerun could be a vessel to tackle Mental health and obesity. Two major concerns addressed together. Time will tell www.outcomerun.com
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: The whole process from application to now is a big journey for each participant. The journey was made so much lighter by the staff involved in the show. Thank you.