Series 4: Episode 5
Name: Stanley Jackson
Idea: Bounce Back: The walloper a double sided rebound portable target wall
The Pitch:"To have ever school and soccer club have a walloper for training and use it for raising revenue "
How did you come up with the idea: The idea came from playing soccer target practice off the wall out my back garden with my son.
Personal Information: I work full time as a maintenance engineer and am 39yrs of age and a father of 3 kids I work part time the last 2yrs on this project.View Stanley Jackson's response
Name: Marian Mc Namara
The Pitch: "A classified advertisement website dedicated to the buying and selling of pre used women's clothing."
How you came up with Idea: I came up with the idea by examining my own wardrobe and the amount of once off dresses and accessories I had bought over the years for weddings and special occasions. I felt that I was probably not the only one with a wardrobe like this and decided that now with the economic climate that we are in, was good time to start up a website for advertising used clothing.
Personal Information: I am married with three children. I have a background in Leisure Management and the disability sector. Due to government cut backs I was made redundant from the school I was appointed in June 2011. I am studying part time for a degree in Healthcare Mgt. Since the den I have taken up some agency work in the disability sector, to fund the upgrading of forgottenfrocks and to launch a marketing campaign.View Marian Mc Namara's response
Name: Noel Lennon
Idea: Lennon Easy Anchor
Location: Latton, Co. Monaghan
The Pitch: "The Easy Anchor is a unique anchoring device which can be used to safely secure items into the ground easily and quickly."
How you came up with Idea: My trampoline was damaged in high-winds when it blew away even though it was secured with a standard U-type pin. I made a prototype anchor that would securely hold my trampoline down.
Personal Information: My name is Noel Lennon. I am an engineer and entrepreneur from Latton, Co Monaghan. I worked for Moffett Engineering for over 4 years before starting up my own engineering business, Lennon Engineering over 20 years ago. In 2008, I developed a range of all-weather clothes lines which I retail online and from my business in Latton.View Noel Lennon's response
Name: Miriam Devitt
Location: Co. Clare
The Pitch: "SuperHands specialise in teaching babies to communicate through sign language before they can talk.."
How did you come up with the idea: See answer below.
Personal Information: I am a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where I studied Drama and Theatre. I have more than ten years experience of teaching, directing, acting and producing in theatre, television and radio. I have been studying Irish Sign Language for three years and and last year I completed a business management course with the Clare Enterprise Board.
When my daughter was born four years ago I began signing with her. Soon she began to sign back and I started to teach other parents how to sign with their babies. I set up SuperHands in 2009 and it has gone from strength to strength. I have started the SuperHands franchise so I can have teachers take baby sign language all over Ireland. And I have just published Ireland's first illustrated dictionary of baby sign language so now parents can begin to learn sign from the comfort of their own homes.
Name: Damian and Neil McRory
Idea: Guarddog Text Alerts
Location: Co. Monaghan
The Pitch: "Our aim is to provide peace of mind by text."
How you came up with Idea: We came up with the idea after a number of local burglaries where the burglar had been seen at the time but always managed to escape undetected , and thought surely there is a way of contacting all your neighbours with the touch of a button in your time of need. We contacted The County Enterprise board who were very helpful and set us on the right path. Market research was carried out with positive results and just got out and started selling the service.
Personal Information: We both come from a construction background with Damian being a self-employed carpenter who travelled the world with a local Bar fit specialist company and Neil is a site foreman for an Interior fit-out company and based in LondonView Damian and Neil McRory's response
Name: John Murphy
Idea: Uncle Aidan's Ltd.
Location: Poulpeasty, Clonroche, Enniscourthy, Co. Wexford
The Pitch: Authentic Wholemeal Stoneground Flour.
How you came up with Idea: When I lost my job 2 years ago I sat down with my uncle and we discussed the future of the mill.
Personal Information: I went to the Agriculture College Rockwell. After that I managed a pig farm. I then moved into a job as Store-man for a pharmaceutical company for 3 years. After that I started working for a building company until I was led off 2 years ago due to the economic downturn. During all that time I was over and back to the mill.View John Murphy's response