Episode 2: Katie Hassett
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: It was genuinely a wonderful experience, well worth all the preparation.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Gavin Duffy. I felt he planted the seed for the other dragons and they then had no interest in my business idea after his negative comments.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Yes I was very nervous in the beginning, my heart was racing!! But thankfully my nerves settled.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: No I had prepared very well for the den and I had read the UK version of the Dragons Den Book - From pitch to perfect. I was ready for the questions!
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: It's hard to say but I think possibly Sean Sullivan as he had invested in Pride Watches the previous year and I thought he seemed interested in Championship Wellies.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Yes I would have questioned Ramona more on her negative comments about the selling price of my GAA branded wellies which I felt was totally unfair.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Yes I would but I would tell them to prepare well for the den as by standing up there you can expose yourself to a lot of criticism.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: I hope to see my wellies everywhere! On the top of Mount Everest and on Sydney Harbour bridge! I believe my boots will be world wide - being worn by ex pats all over the world. I also hope to conquer other field sports - rugby, soccer.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: Just before I walked into the den I looked up to the sky and I asked my Dad (RIP) to give me a helping hand! Then about thirty seconds into my pitch this butterfly appeared from nowhere and fluttered around me. Straight away I said to myself - thanks Dad, you are here now! Honestly from then on my nerves disappeared. I will never forget that!