Series 4: Episode 2
Name: John Heney
Idea: Drive through Fence
Location: Kilfeacle, Tipperary, Co Tipperary
The Pitch:"Develop a stock-proof drive-through gate, which would allow a farmer drive quickly around his/her farm"
How did you come up with the idea: A farmer friend of mine on seeing a drive-through quad which I had developed for use on my own farm, enquired if I could develop a drive through gate suitable for a jeep and tractor for use on his farm. When I had developed a prototype that I was happy with, I erected four on his farm. I erected a similar number on my own farm for testing and another one on a third farm. I was greatly encouraged by the success of the gates on my own farm and the very positive feedback I received from the other two farmers.
Personal Information: I am married to Margaret and we have four children grown up children. On leaving secondary school I returned to the family farm. I run a successful grass based store to beef enterprise and I also write a monthly column for the Irish Independent's Farming Supplement on the trials and tribulations of beef farming. I returned to education in 1999 and I hold a Certificate in Advertising and Public Relations, a BA in Sustainable Rural Development and an MA in International Studies. My currently hobbies are windsurfing, cycling, tennis and photography.View John Heney's response
Name: Paul Warren/Samantha Rayner
The Pitch: "Prevent-A-Puncture is a unique, patented chemical formula that when installed in your tyres prevents punctures occurring, enhances the life of your tyres and improves fuel efficiency."
How you came up with Idea: Paul came across the product while abroad on business.
Personal Information: Paul Warren comes from a financial and legal background. He has successfully run both a financial services company and a legal services business over the past 15 years. Prior to this he ran his own successful manufacturing and sales business. Paul is also a fully qualified Business and Executive Coach.
Samantha Rayner currently holds a senior management role in the health services sector. Samantha has extensive experience working at a senior management level for the past 15 years and has had responsibility for large multimillion budgets and management of 500+ personnel. She holds an honours degree in Economics and Business Management. Samantha is also a fully qualified Business and Executive Coach.View Paul Warren and Samantha Rayner's response
Name: Tony Kelly
Idea: Vapper Dryer
The Pitch: A fast, efficient, portable, single item clothes dryer. Costing less than any other product on the market.
How you came up with Idea: I have 3 boys. One wet Monday morning none of their school jumpers were dry. The labels had a "Do Not Tumble Dry" warning. We had 15 minutes before they left for school. I tried a hair dryer, it was having little effect, but it took too long. So my kids went to school that morning with damp jumpers. I realised then there was no fast way to dry clothes. Even the best tumble dryers need too much time and use too much energy.
"My background is in Electronic Engineering. I've owned and run several businesses in Holland and Ireland. My list of achievements is extensive. I have been granted several patents over the years."
"My philosophy is that creativity is a natural process. Everyone is creative. Some of the best ideas come from the most unlikely and unexpected sources. You can never predict where, when or from whom the next idea will come. You have to be prepared to listen"
Name: Prof. Peter Weedle
Idea: Pixy - Skin Care Products
The Pitch: "Pixy natural skincare products are made from pure natural ingredients, handcrafted to perfection in Ireland."
How did you come up with the idea: Peter is a Pharmacist and traditionally these products would always have been handmade by pharmacist. The products are made in his own laboratory.
Personal Information: Peter has been a pharmacist for over 30 years. He owns and operates a number of businesses in Mallow. He is married with 5 kids.View Peter Weedle's response
Name: Aideen + Declan Curran
Idea: Ouch - Website connecting self-build customers/renovations to suppliers, manufactures and tradesmen.
The Pitch: ouch.com is an Online Service that connects Self Build Customers with Suppliers, Manufacturers and Trade Professionals at no cost to the Self Build Customer and provides Tradesmen and Suppliers with a range of support services for their Business. It is a "one stop shop" for the Self Build Customer/ Renovator.
How you came up with Idea:
Personal Information: Aideen has a degree in civil engineering, a certificate in project management and is currently studying level 8 entrepreneurship in Dundalk institute of technology.
Name: Peter Donnelly
Idea: Secret Seller
Location: Living in Kildare
The Pitch: Design, Manufacture of wine preservation dispensing system
How you came up with Idea: While working with a free flow wine system from America Peter decided to design and manufacture his own cabinets to dispense wines.
Personal Information: Peter left school aged 16 and has been self-employed most of his life. Peter qualified as a cabinet maker in 1984.View Peter Donnelly's response