Episode 5: Forgottenfrocks.ie
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: My experience was overwhelming. It didn't really hit me that I was participating in the show until that morning. I was so nervous, I couldn't eat, I kept forgetting my pitch when rehearsing with my husband and with Catherine the pitch coach. It was very surreal.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: I have to say that all of the dragons were really nice to me. I was a little worried about how Bobby would react as I knew that my idea wouldn't be appealing to him and I was right. But fortunately he declared himself out fairly politely!
Q: Were you nervous?
A: As I said previously I was extremely nervous. It was great when I got the call to appear on the show but when the day arrived I was a nervous wreck. I was drinking rescue remedy by the bottle! I was looking at some of the other participants and they were so confident and calm, I couldn't sit down I had to keep pacing the floor and rehearsing my pitch. At one stage I thought what am I doing this for, this is mad, I'm going to get grilled. But thankfully I didn't get too badly interrogated.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: Absolutely, I didn't get asked many of the questions I had prepared for. At one stage it was like a chat, and then Norah threw in a couple of questions. Niall got the wrong idea about my idea and though it was mainly a couture site and went on for I'd say 5 minutes about having the Channel experience an experience that I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing, yet! Sean was really quite but a real gentleman. I was really surprised at Gavin. He was one Dragon that I was fearing because I have seen him in full swing on previous episodes and also more recently on the Apprentice during the interview process so I thought I was going to be in for it. But I couldn't have been more wrong, at once stage he asked me what my full name was and if he knew my husband so that was a bit of craic and really an ice breaker for me. I was devastated that he declared himself out at the very last second.
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Gavin was most interested but I feel that he was hoping that one of the other dragons would go 50/50 , well that was the impression that I got because he was the last Dragon to in his own words "reluctantly declare himself out"
Sean also told me to grow the idea further and come back in a year's time for investment, which I found to be very positive.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: The nerves really hid my personality and the Dragons knew that. At some stages my bubbly personality shone through and that what Gavin liked and tried to get me to show more of it. But I was so nervous and conscious of making an idiot of myself in front of them and in front of them that I really held back. Otherwise I don't think I would have done anything different. Maybe throw out some potential figures that will be achieved!
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: I would. The experience is fantastic and a once in a lifetime experience. I really had nothing to lose and everything to gain by it.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: It means a lot, the fact that my idea was seen as being worthy of appearing in the Den gave me that extra confidence that it is a good idea. Also that Gavin said that he could see the potential in the business also gave me more confidence.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: In five years time I see forgottenfrocks.ie as the market leader in Ireland as a standalone advertisement site for pre used women's clothing and accessories in Ireland.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: My lasting memory of the den is Gavin looking at me with regrettable eyes and declaring himself "regrettably" out