It Only Takes One Step
IT ONLY TAKES ONE STEP
As an avid follower of Dragons Den UK and now Dragons Den SA, I have watched and admired hundreds of young entrepreneurs and business owners pitching a 3 minute proposal to the respective Dragons for a particular equity share in their business in exchange for a particular amount of money from the extremely, knowledgeable and wealthy Dragons…some of whom also started out only with a dream…deciding to take that 1st step…and the rest is history!
Successes from the UK Dragons Den:
I have watched, in awe, as Kirsty Henshaw, single mom, secured 65 000 pounds for her allergen free, nutritious food business. This was without a doubt, the most emotional win I have ever watched.
Levi Roots, a reggae singer pitched for 80 000 pounds, singing his pitch for his cooking sauces business. Reggae Reggae sauce became an instant success, and the brand is now available as cooking and table sauces, crisps, pasties, pizzas, ready meals, soft drinks, wraps and more. Watch this animated video about Levi
Denise Hutton-Gosney was a professional dancer when she appeared on Dragons Den UK. She asked for 50 000 pounds and today she has 40 Razzamataz dance studios all over the UK.
Successes from SA Dragons Den:
Charmagne Mavudzi from 360 Mobile Beauty pitched for R350 000 for a 35% share in her mobile beauty salon. The beauty of this concept it that you don’t have to leave your office or home for a facial, massage, manicure etc…Charmagne’s team will come to you. I look forward to following Charmagne’s success with her Dragon on board.
PropCare’s Jaco de Lange asked for R300 000 for a 30% share in his business app that provides a platform for property owners to find reliable, user-friendly property service providers. He got what he wanted but had to give away 35% share of his business…but he has Vinny Lingham on board…so worth an extra 5%.
Dragons Den SA airs on Mzanzi Magic. channel 161 on a Tuesday evening at 7pm…I strongly advise any business person to watch the show. There is so much to be learnt from our Dragons.
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