It was an early start! We arrived at the studio around 7 am for all the preparations with the production team. There was a lot of waiting around, even though we were lucky enough to be the first to enter the den on that day. Although our part of the episode is less than 15 minutes, the actual pitch to the dragons took just under 2 hours! It is quite an intense time, even though the dragons are not as scary as they seem on the show.
After we finished filming, we were given the opportunity to speak to Peter Jones for a few minutes, as he was the Dragon that wanted to invest in our business. We then arranged a business meeting with his team a few weeks later. However, during the pitch, some of the dragons provided us with some great advice, but this does not appear in the editing of the episode.
Everyone has their own unique pitching style that works for them. However, the most important thing is that you know your business inside out… especially the numbers! Also, just enjoy the process, as it is a one-of-a-kind experience. You can benefit from the experience, regardless of whether the Dragons choose to invest… so relax and enjoy yourself!
No. We had prepared our own pitch and were not told what to say, despite people thinking the show is fake. We researched previous episodes to get an idea of what questions the Dragons might ask. There were not really any unexpected questions…
If you’re interested in applying for the show. Here’s a list of popular questions the Dragons like to ask:
Not at all! We really enjoyed the whole experience on Dragons Den. Obviously, the way the episode was edited made it seem a lot more dramatic than we anticipated… but this was all for entertainment! And we loved it!
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