Episode 4: Home Saver
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: Very scary, much more ill at ease than I expected. Being told before that up to 1m could watch the show did not help the stress levels. Everyone in the background where very helpfull and encouraging , the pitch couch, and production team and make up.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Gavin Duffy, but he was perfectly fair , and was not personal.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Very nervous. Especially considering that I believe I am able to communicate, as I was delivering my pitch , I could.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: I was, I felt the questions slightly missed the point, and certainly had me on the back foot from the start.
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Difficult to say , while none of them thought it was completely stupid I don't any of them were that interested.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Yes I would been less vague with one my initial answers, which gave them opportunity to put me on backfoot, and when I was making one last attempt to persuade, I forgot completly to mention the companies that I have been invited into. ( stage fright, I guess )
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Difficult to say. I personally would love to do it again, knowing now what I know. But I spent 2 weeks re playing the whole event in my head, saying I should have said this , I should have said that ect. I was surprised the impact it had on me. I suspected i would do it ,and then move on 1 way or other, but in fact it played on my mind 2 days after the event , I am in a pub in town and i saw Niall O Farrell ,and i really wanted to have a chat to get some real feedback but I held myself back. So would I recommend, I would tell them to think seriously about it. AS of yet I don't know what exposure will come from it , if it is positive for my business then it would certainly effect my overall impression. At the moment it is kind of a limbo experience wondering will you make the edited version in what way, and will you look stupid or impressive.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: If the exposure from show is good, if even just my pitch is broadcast, it should be able to help me grow my business significantly.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: In 5 years time i would hope home saver is a nationwide brand, helping home owners with all their costs ,and planning for their financial futures.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: Being far more stressed than I expexted , feeling I defended myselfIn well, being proud I did it , but scared as to how this may be viewed.