Episode 10: Donegal Pens www.donegalpens.com
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: We really enjoyed it. It was somewhat nerve wrecking waiting to be called for filming but the pitch coach put us at ease. Walking up the stairs into the Den made us really nervous but once we were in and settled it wasn't too bad. Getting the pitch right was important and we think it went ok for us.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: None of them were really tough on us. They were all really nice and liked our pens and our idea. Sean O Sullivan did suggest we should look at changing the name to Ireland Pens but that was an immediate no, no for us as our business is in Donegal and the products are made in Donegal.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Yeah Conor more so than Ronan and usually it would be the other way about but once we got talking we eased up a bit. It was not as scary as we imagined!
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
A: Well we didn't really know what to expect but we had ourselves well rehearsed as to what might come up so none of the questions really threw us. We had our figures and plans in our heads and all the answers. They went easy on us!
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Ramona without doubt although Peter was also very supportive. In fact they were all great about the idea and we think they might have wanted to give the Donegal Dragon a chance to support the Donegal boys - and she did.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
A: Not really, we were happy with how things went.
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Oh yeah without a doubt. For a start it's a great PR opportunity and if you are lucky to get the financial support from a Dragon it doesn't stop there as they are there to help you in other ways too. It also gives you a good idea if your project is a winner or a loser depending on how the Dragons react.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: Well, we hope it will be going from strength to strength and that we will have increased the number of outlets stocking the pens and have broken into the American market.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: First off getting to the Den, and when in it the delight to hear Ramona agreeing to support us as we didn't know if we'd be shot down (and Peter also placing an order there and then).