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The forked tongues of Dragons' fired me up
10:50am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
AN entrepreneur who received a lashing from the forked tongues of the infamous TV dragons has vowed to continue in his bid to prove the idea identifiers wrong.
Malcolm Victory, of Malvern Wells, appeared on TV screens across the nations during Sunday night’s episode of the BBC show Dragons’Den.
Mr Victory was there to showcase his invention, the Rotaire Dryline, a cover for rotary washing lines which protects washing from the rain But the Dryline did not wash with the dragons, with one, Kelly Hoppen, calling it an “eyesore” and South West-based hospitality guru Deborah Meaden branding the design “fundamentallyflawed”.
However, despite their harsh words, Mr Victory said he is delighted to have shown Rotaire to millions of viewers and since his moment in the spotlight, he has been deluged with supportive emails and tweets.
“A lot of them are saying that the dragons are clearly people who don’t do their own laundry, and that they made the wrong decision,” he said. “Although it would have been good to get funding, I achieved the objective of getting the Dryline to ‘x’million viewers.”
Mr Victory is now looking for funding to progress the Dryline and is launching a crowd funding bid on Kickstarter.com to try to get the product into the export markets. The funding offer will run throughout August and is under the name 1% Studio at http://kck.st/1b6KRlc.
The Rotaire Dryline won the 2012 Prime Award for senior entrepreneur and best product from the Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise and Sage.
Mr Victory is happy to talk to other entrepreneurs about his experience on the programme and says that if you have an idea it’s definitely worth applying.
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