Series 5: Episode 10

Broadcast: 5/05/2012

Dragons Den

Name: Colleen Mullane and Caoimhe O'Neill
Idea: Sign4Life
Location: Limerick

The Pitch:"We have created an application to teach sign language to the people of Ireland."

How did you come up with the idea: WWhen Maria Allen, principal of the Mid- West School for the Hearing Impaired in Limerick came to visit us in transition year we were inspired by the story of how her students couldn't communicate with people of the same age who had the same likes and interests but simply could not communicate with us. We decided an application could help to make a change and bridge the communication gap between the deaf and hearing communities.

Personal Information: We are five secondary school students in Salesian Secondary College Pallaskenry. We are between the ages of 16 and 18. We are best friends and are Not afraid to fight our corner if we think it will benefit the business.

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Dragons Den

Name: Dáire Flood & Cillian Kavanagh
Idea: The Ice Device
Location:Avondale Community College, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

The Pitch:"A safety device capable of removing frost and ice during winter mornings"

How did you come up with the idea: My partner Cillian and I noticed the severe weather conditions and decided to construct a product capable of enhancing road safety during winter months

Personal Information:Dáire- I have an interest in Physics and Mathematics in school, as well as current affairs and politics

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Dragons Den

Name: Aisling Maher & Clíona Murphy
Idea: Glass Act
Location: North Dublin

The Pitch: A recycling and design business, making decorative glass tableware from recycled bottles

How you came up with Idea: We had to come up with a business idea as part of the Transition Year Programme in my school, so we put our thinking caps on back in September. We realised that there is a lot of waste glass in the local community and no regular domestic collection of glass to be recycled. So we decided we'd make a creative, attractive and useful product that is socially responsible as it is made from waste glass from households and businesses in the local area. Our serving platters come in many different designs and are a unique product that is made from 100% recycled materials.

Personal Information: We are two 4th Year students in the same class at school who are great friends. It was natural for us to pair up as business partners, as we have different personalities and interests, but get along well together.

Aisling Maher- I'm a sixteen year old Transition Year student in St.Dominic's College, Cabra. I love dancing, and have appeared in many productions in the Gaeity Theatre, as well as competing in dance competitions at an international level. I also love arts and crafts. I've had a great Transition Year so far; being selected by the State Examinations Commission as a finalist in The Irish European Union Science Olympiad, being awarded a DCU Academic Achievement Award for achieving 11 straight As in the Junior Cert, volunteering for the charity Respect, taking part in the Gaisce Award, doing a week of work experience in the Google EU headquarters, and of course appearing on Dragons' Den! I never did business studies before taking part in Dragons' Den, so I really jumped into the deep end when applying back in 2012!

Clíona Murphy- I am interested in sport, playing camogie and hockey, and doing a lot of athletics. I also play piano and am in the Girl Guides.

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Dragons Den

Name:Ciara Kelliher
Idea: The Food Wheel
Location: Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

The Pitch: The Food Wheel is a reward based healthy eating chart for children between the ages of 5-13 years. It aims to educate, encourage and reward healthy eating habits in children.

How did you come up with the idea: I have always been interested in Home Economics, science and Business Studies so I wanted to incorporate these interests into my business venture. In October 2012 I was well aware of the grim statistics on childhood obesity in Ireland, which were making the headlines. There was also a report published which highlighted that the government was spending in excess of ¤1 billion each year on weight related health issues. A 'new' food pyramid had just been launched so I decided to promote healthy eating in children from an early age. I looked at ways to make the guidelines and food pyramid more understandable and attractive to children between the ages of 5-13 years. I combined the food pyramid with the reward board system to make' The Food Wheel'.

Personal Information:

I have studied business at Junior certificate level as one of 12 subjects out of which I achieved 11 grade A's and one B. Up to October 2012 my experience was largely theory based so this project was my first real taste of practical business. I was very keen on getting all of the practical experience possible during transition year through developing this project and bringing it to the market. The experience on Dragons' Den was a great motivation. In late October I came up with the idea of The Food Wheel and I entered it on Dragons' Den and within twelve weeks I was standing in front of the dragons.

Since Dragons' Den I have competed in the Student Enterprise Awards and was awarded two prizes for my work on The Food Wheel.(Most Enterprising Student 2013 and Senior Runner up award at regional level)?I am also currently one of the final 15 projects in the Young Entrepreneur Programme 2013.

My name is Alex and I am 16 years old. I enjoy most sports, in particular, soccer, football and horse riding and like to spend time socialising with my friends. I have a never-ending love for horses and in the future I'd like to be a vet and specialise in the equine field. I would love to own my own business and work in conjunction with horses and animals.

I'm Jennifer Chadwick and I am 16 years old. I am the Chairperson of our school's Debating Society - I love a good argument! I hope to study medicine in the RCSI when I leave school. I've just come back from a trip to Shanghai University through the Confucius Institute in UCC which was absolutely amazing! Apart from Dragons' Den, learning some Chinese was one of the most challenging things I've done this year.

My hobbies include Horse riding and piano. I am currently studying for my grade 8 music exam. As I live near Tralee Bay I also enjoy water sports during the summer.


Dragons Den

Name: Ronan & Conor Mc Garvey
Idea: Donegal Pens
Location: Loughanure, Co Donegal

The Pitch: Manufacture of a range of quality handmade wooden pens in our workshop in the Donegal Gaeltacht.

How you came up with Idea: It goes back to September 2009 when aged 13 and 10 we were on a day out in County Antrim with the family. Little did we realise that day that a chance meeting with a wood turner would result in us setting up a small business and being ranked among Ireland's youngest entrepreneurs. We were visiting the Junction One shopping outlet browsing the bargains when we stumbled across a small craft fair in one of the shopping units. There we spotted a professional wood turner engaged in his craft and displaying his wonderful products including pens. We immediately took an interest in his work and were delighted to learn that he was giving the public an opportunity to turn their own pens. We both took hold of a woodturning chisel for the first time and with Geoff's guidance we soon produced ourselves a pen each. From there we decided to set up making wooden pens and Donegal Pens was born.

Personal Information: We are both attending the Rosses Community School in Dungloe, Co Donegal. Ronan, 16, is a fifth year student and Conor, 13, is in first year. We live in Loughanure, Co Donegal with mum Marie and dad Eoin and we have two sisters, Aoife is 15 and Aine is 10. We really had no business knowledge until we got involved in Donegal Pens but we have learned a lot about the importance of quality, presentation and marketing.

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Dragons Den

Name: Connor McGrath & Shaun McGloin
Idea: SheepShoe
Location: Co.Roscommon

The Pitch: Our shoe is a shoe for sheep that delivers the cure for foot-rot.

How you came up with Idea: We are both from a farming background so we are well aware of the problem caused by foot-rot so we wanted to come up with a solution

Personal Information: We are 17 and 16 respectively and are very interested in sport and are extremely passionate about our buiness

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Dragons Den

Name: Jean Kennedy
Idea: Scr!bble Timetable Pen
Location: Mountrath, Co. Laois

The Pitch: : Scr!bble is a company whose objective is to help make the lives of students, teachers or anyone who works with a timetable simply easier. This is made possible by the use of our product, The Timetable Pen, a pen containing a banner which simply scrolls out to your very own timetable routine.

How you came up with Idea: : "I came up with my idea while I was walking through a stall at the National Ploughing Championships 2011. I was given a promotional pen, which contained a scroll advertising this company's service. In school the next day there were many students who had got the gadget and were using it to write with. I had been planning on coming up with a product for students as I knew what problems we faced on an every day- to- day basis and as I could easily sell them at school. I decided to adapt the banner pen idea to create a product that helped students and even teachers keep themselves organised throughout the week, The Timetable Pen."

Personal Information: I set up Scr!bble in 2011 with four close friends as part of the Student Enterprise Awards in our Transition Year Program. This project gave me the chance to experience entrepreneurship and test out my product which proved to be a great success. Scr!bble was awarded best innovative idea in Laois and as the inventor I was so proud to have succeeded in transforming a simple idea into a profit making product. I see everything in life as an opportunity to experience something new and I'm not afraid to try something different or attempt something out of the blue. I have a brilliant group of friends and a very supportive family, I always try surrounding myself with people who are positive and encouraging. Meeting new people and socialising are both things I thrive for. I like school and am very interested in learning about life and the way society works, taking part in projects and contributing to internet articles about my interests.

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Dragons Den

Name: Niall McCloskey
Idea: The Easy Grower
Location: Gortnacorrib, Letterkenny, Donegal

The Pitch: The Easy Grower is a raised bed vegetable garden raised upon support legs, with a canopy. It is designed for the elderly, disabled or anyone who would love to start gardening.

How you came up with Idea: My granda is at an age where he finds it difficult to bend down on to his original garden so I designed The Easy Grower to enable him to grow at his own standing height.

Personal Information: I am very active and heavily involved in sport but have always had a passion for gardening. I am very interested in business in school and hope to pursue a career in the subject.

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Dragons Den

Name: Shane Curran
Idea: Libramatic
Location: Rathmines, Dublin

The Pitch: The Cloud Based Book Cataloguing System

How you came up with Idea: In primary school my school had purchased a library system which was unreliable and was incredibly counter-intuitive. I decided that library systems could be improved dramatically, so I built Libramatic.

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