Episode 8: Breezy Gardening
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: The Dragons Den experience was great, as a wheelchair user I was concerned at first about access to the den etc. Once in the Den it was daunting but very exciting. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to show my idea to the Dragons and was delighted when I received an investment opportunity.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Bobby Kerr and Sean O Sullivan
Q: Were you nervous?
A: A combination of nervousness an excitement.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: I think Sean O Sullivan and Gavin Duffy.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Although I had a decent grip on my numbers I would have done more to address any gaps that would present opportunity for scrutiny.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: It is the culmination of a huge effort that has led to the beginning of huge possibilities. It means I can move on with the ideas I have for this product range and be able to make a successful company which will provide for my family. It is great to have been given the opportunity to make a new career and life after I had my accident. It's been six years since my accident and I can't believe how lucky I have been to get to this stage. If I had been told this would be where I would be just after I had my accident I wouldn't believe it!
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: I see the expansion of the product range to other areas to allow more people regardless of ability or limitations in space the opportunity to garden. I see the company as an entity that utilises product design and development as a problem solving activity that will produce products and jobs. In five years I would like to see a range of products which have evolved with how our habits and lifestyles evolve to sustain an ongoing business.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: When all the Dragons came over to see the product and asked me about it, being able to speak to such prolific figures in irish business was inspiring. The day as a whole will be a lasting memory.
Q: At any point did you think you wouldn't get the investment?
A: I went in with the belief that I had a good product but at no point did I presume that I would get an investment so I would have to say yes. I thought going into the Den the worst I will get is a hard lesson and I felt I would benefit from the experience investment or not. I was delighted to get an investment in the end.