Episode 2: Prevent-A-Puncture
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: It was an absolutely amazing and a very interesting and worthwhile experience. An event that we would love to experience again.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: They were all tough but very fair and willing to listen and give good advice.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Yes of course, however after being in with the Dragon's for a few minutes, you forget about the cameras and get down to the task at hand.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: No not really - we came well prepared and would have been familiar with previous episodes of Dragon's Dens as we are both big fans.
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: We would think Niall and obviously Bobby who invested with us.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: We would have liked to have had our demonstration tyre with us but unfortunately the prototype was not ready in time.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Absolutely - it is an amazing experience but it is important that you are well prepared and confident in what you are pitching.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: For both of us it is a momentous achievement to appear on a national tv programme and pitch our idea to five well established and knowledgeable high profile Irish business people and be successful in securing an investment. We totally believe in our product and ability so it was a great confidence boost to have this endorsed in the Den.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: We have great ambitions and vision for our product and our company. With the assistance of our new business partner, we see Prevent-A-Puncture as being the market leader not only in Ireland but in Europe and that it will be a well known established brand in the motor industry. We would envisage our company will have grown substantially and will be employing a number of additional people as well as making healthy profits. From a human perspective we would also like to believe that the introduction of our product to the market will have saved lives and increased the safety and confidence of the motorists who have availed of Prevent-A-Puncture.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: The Den is an a buzzing hive of activity, which is run very efficiently and that the Dragons are tough but fair and are very willing and supportive of giving Irish businesses the assistance and step up they need if they feel they warrant it. It is a great experience but not for the faint hearted.
Q: At any point did you think you wouldn't get the investment?
A: We believed going into the Den our product was brilliant and there is a market there for it. We hoped the Dragon's would see that too. We did believe going in we would secure an investment. We thought coming to the end of our pitch Niall might invest and seemed interested, however, in the end Bobby made the investment which we were delighted with as he would have been our dragon of choice before we entered the Den.