Episode 5: Quickcrop Ltd - Niall Mc Allister

Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: We had done some television prior to this but still didn't expect what the Dragons Den experience threw at us. Normally Television can be quite contrived. But this was as raw as you see it on the screen. Very exciting stuff.

Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Probably Sean. But to be honest it was all a big game so once you didn't read to much in to it, it was just good fun.

Q: Were you nervous?
A: Andrew wasn't at all but I was more nervous than I thought I would be. I guess that was because I had to have all the figures off the top of my head and it is easy to get caught on figures. Not that they are not accurate but just that they are the ones with the calculators to hand

Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: Not really. We know our business inside out and back to front so there wasn't a lot they could ask that we couldn't answer

Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Apart from Ramona they all were and that's what made it so interesting.

Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: No


Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Yes but I would suggest waiting until you have a level of turnover under you belt as this brings a lot more clout.

Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: A lot really as it means we can get the business to the level we want to bring it to a lot quicker. So in essence this means we can achieve our personal goals a lot faster as well

Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: We would like to think the business will as well established in the UK as it is in Ireland and making progress in the US market. From a turnover perspective we would like to think that turnover will be in excess of ¤ 5m +

Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: The silence once you finished your pitch. Waiting for the response is like waiting for the teacher to tell you whether you passed or failed the biggest exam of your life.

Q: At any point did you think you wouldn't get the investment?
A: No but we were very unsure as to what level and what format it would come in.

 

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