Episode 2: Tyrone Bowes
Q: Explain your Dragon's Den experience?
A: I did not enjoy the experience, the waiting around, make-up, and suit put me very much out of my comfort zone, made worse I suppose by the fact that you only get one take (which I did not realise until minutes before). I enjoy giving talks all over the world on my business but without that kind of pressure.
Q: Who was the toughest Dragon?
A: Barry O'Sullivan. Most of my customers are Irish American so to hear him (as a proud Irish American) describe my customers as 'sad lonely American's desperate for a link to Ireland' was very shocking. My customers are very proud of their Irish ancestry but typically have no idea where their Irish ancestors lived prior to leaving these shores. I offer scientific certainty for these customers as I can pinpoint based on their DNA where they lived (the DNA does not lie). I'd love to analyse Mr O'Sullivan's DNA as statistically there is a 50% chance that he has no ancestral link what so ever with Ireland.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: Yes, very much so, and it showed.
Q: Were you surprised by some of the questions?
Q: Who was most interested in your idea?
A: Surprisingly none. I was disappointed that they spent more time thinking up put downs than actually trying to understand the work that I do.
Q: Would you have done anything differently?
Q: Would you recommend applying for Dragon's Den to any other budding entrepreneurs?
A: Yes certainly, some will thrive under those circumstances.
Q: What does this mean to you personally?
A: I am so incredibly proud of myself. I achieved what I wanted to in the Den. Ready Girls would have succeeded one way or the other. But now with a dragon on board it will happen much quicker and further afield.
Q: In five year's time where do you see your product/company?
A: I have already automated my Irish Origenes website (www.genetichomeland.com) so in 5 years time I will hopefully have automated the Scottish, English, Welsh, French, Germanic, Italian, and Spanish Origenes websites. The idea is to target the global diaspora's. I would also like to see a TV series 'Origenes' that would take famous members of the Irish Diaspora, use their DNA to pinpoint where their direct male Irish ancestors lived in Ireland and re-unite them with their distant relatives (who still live in the pinpointed area), the format could be applied to other Countries; Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, etc. It's Genealogy with the Gene and without the 'dusty' paper trail.
Q: What is your lasting memory of the Den?
A: I would rather forget the experience, I will have a laugh and take the slagging's over a few pints with my friends for the next few years.