Name: James Kennedy and Priscilla Groves
Idea: www.piehole.ie a website where companies can listen to, audition and hire voiceover talent.
The Pitch: "Piehole has the largest selection of voiceovers in Ireland and is used by major advertising and media agencies. Voiceovers pay to be listed on the website and get jobs. Piehole also offer voiceover training for budding and professional voiceovers. Piehole is also seeking investment to build on their new branches abroad"
Came up with the Idea: Priscilla's background is working in big ad agencies. She always struggled to find a good enough selection of voiceover artists to be in her ads. So Piehole was born - a central place to find good voiceover talent.
Personal Information: James Kennedy has a background in computer science and before Piehole he worked as a freelance programmer. He saw the potential in Piehole for a perfect subscription service as members make a good return on their investment. Priscilla is an advertising copywriter and has 8 years experience working on major brands.
Outcome: Both Sarah and Sean offered to invest however they were seeking a lot more equity and in the end James and Priscilla turned them both down!
Name: Mick Fernandez
Idea: Sami Snax - Selling exotic samosas in all delis and late night food chain stores
The Pitch: "I have designed an oven in the shape of a samosa which I am hoping to distribute to delis and hot counters in convenience stores. Then I will distribute samosas every morning to the stores around the country."
Came up with the Idea: Mick felt that there was a gap in the market for an exotic all day snack that wasn't the run of the mill old sausages or pies at hot food counters.
Personal Information: Mick is originally from India but has been here for 12 yrs. He came here with nothing but now has his own business. He describes himself as a highly motivated and driven individual who believes in "getting jobs done". He is the kind of guy who is not afraid to get his "hands dirty" and believes in solutions not problems.
Name: Carol Kemp
Idea: Celtic Tiger Memorabilia - a book and other merchandise based on the Character 'The Celtic Tiger'
Location: Co. Kerry
The Pitch: "I have resurrected, captured and tamed the mythical Celtic Tiger and he is about to take on his new role and become a new Irish symbol of hope and prosperity, of something good!"
Came up with the Idea: Whilst working in her own gift shop in Killarney Carol spotted a gap in the market whereby the 'Celtic Tiger' could be brought to life and come to mean something other than economic and financial success. She has written and self published the book and wants to branch into other merchandising opportunities.
Personal Information: Carol is married with 5 children. She has lived in Kerry for 16 years now with her husband Wayne. She started writing stories about the 'Celtic Tiger' after researching where and how to have teddy bears and soft toys and souvenirs made to sell in the tourist market. Her previous business experience has been mostly in the craft market. Crafting is Carol's biggest hobby and she made almost everything from greeting cards to plaques for graves.
Name: Kevin Hester
Idea: The Kev Valve
Location: Co Galway
The Pitch: "The Kev Valve offers a cost effective and immediate solution to problems associated with bleeding your boiler, eliminating all call out charges and related costs."
Came up with the Idea: Kevin noticed over the last three or four years the amount of callouts to bleed oil burners were getting more common and felt this was down to oil drivers not doing it any more due to insurance reasons and also down to rising oil prices people were getting caught short.
Personal Information: Kevin has been involved in the family business for over 20 years where he deals with home heating oil distribution and servicing domestic oil burners. He is a keen sports fan, particularly Rugby, Hurling and Football. He also is heavily involved in charity fundraising.
Outcome: Both Sean Gallagher and Bobby Kerr invested in Kevin Hester's Kev Valve, giving him ¤40,000 for 40% of his business.