Episode 10: Scr!bble Timetable Pen
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: The journey from filling out my Junior Dragons' Den application form to pitching my business to the Dragons is without doubt an experience that I will never forget. I remember seeing the advert for 'budding entrepreneurs' to apply for The Den if 'you've got what it takes to face The Dragons'. It was the day before the closing date and I was just home from work, I love a good challenge so I decided I'd apply and put my previous transition year mini company idea forward and hope for the best. All of a sudden I found myself telling top business men and women all about my company at the Regional and National finals of the JDD selections. I loved every minute, answering questions, getting people's point of view about the product and meeting other talented junior entrepreneurs. It was a great opportunity to find out more about the world of business and how it works, what type of a personality you need to be successful in business and also how important contacts are! I was in school when I received the email to say I had been picked from the National finals to pitch my business idea to the Dragons. It really is a once in a life time opportunity standing in front of five top business people and pitching my idea not only to them, but to the entire nation. And of course, I was super excited to be on the television! The weeks seemed to fly by and all of a sudden I was standing at the bottom of the famous staircase casually chatting to one of the filming crew. I was so calm until I managed to reach the top of the staircase and then, WOOOOHW it all hit me! I stepped inside 'The Den' (which is a lot bigger and intimidating than it looks on TV) and made strong eye contact with 'The Dragons'. I introduced myself, I began my pitch and I honestly cannot remember one thing that happened after that! The combination of adrenalin and nerves just overwhelmed me, it felt great. I came back to reality as I shook hands with Gavin Duffy and Sean O'Sullivan, after sealing the deal. I was so grateful to have gotten the chance to be part of this series 'Dragons' Den'. I learned so much about myself as an individual and how important it is to work hard in life if you want success, The Dragons are all so inspirational to me!
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
Q: Were you nervous?
A: The nerves didn't register with me coming up to the day of filming. I'm used to performing on stage for Irish Dancing and to be honest I never have much time to even think about nerves as I'm too busy thinking about ways I can perform better! But entering 'The Den' was a completely different experience to dancing at a competition or even sitting an important exam or interview. I could hear a quiver in my voice as I made the pitch and before I knew it, it was all over! I think the reason I was so nervous standing in front of the Dragons and the cameras was because my company meant so much to me and I really wanted my pitch to go down well.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: I was prepared for most of the questions the Dragons asked me because over the past year I have already answered so many questions from people who have asked me about Scr!bble, The Timetable Pen. Some of my answers were very funny and this gave me a good chance to relax a bit and get The Dragons laughing!
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Of course there are moments when I wish I had a better answer for the Dragons, but I am thankful to have done as well as I did and secured the bursary I needed to order in my next stock of pens. I believed in my business and that was key. It's very difficult to please all five Dragons. I managed to get good, positive comments from them and of course securing a bursary with Gavin and Sean was a bonus!
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: I would certainly recommend other entrepreneurs to apply for Dragons' Den in the future. It's a brilliant way to get your company up and running epically in the current economic climate. Not only do you learn more about your business and get to expand your ideas but you also get to meet other companies and make some great friends and connections in the world of business!
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: In five years time I see students, teachers and first years all around the country using their timetable pen to help them adapt to their new timetable routine. My goal is for every pencil case in Ireland to contain this essential gadget! I will be busy with college over the next few years so I probably won't expand my company's product until I have time to put all my energy and work into it. For now I'm concentrating on getting my first product out on the market. The Timetable Pen, The Original!
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: I will always remember the moment I walked out the doors of 'The Den' with a secured bursary and a massive feeling of relief off my shoulders! I was so happy that unknowns to myself I actually did a little dance move at the top of the stairs, the adrenaline was still in full action and my jaws were hurting from the permanent smile on my face! Nothing compares to that riveting feeling of well-earned success!