Karen O’Neil and Karen Coombes of KCO Iceblading Ltd. skated their way to success in the Dragons’ Den. The Karen’s appeared on tonight’s episode of the popular TV series, and after a perfect demonstration of the “Dry Ice Blades” from their skaters Poppy, Leslie and Corrina, they pitched their idea to the Dragons.
Applied Product Design is proud to have worked with the Karen’s on the design and development of their “Dry Ice Blade”. Lawrence Crossman from Applied spent many hours making tiny adjustments to the design at our site in Ongar, whilst Karen Coombes then tested all the variants out, until the perfect setup had been achieved. At the time of the Dragons’ Den recording the skaters were using prototypes to demonstrate the capabilities of the Dry Ice Blade to the Dragons.
Although some of the Dragons may not have been too impressed for one reason or another, Theo Paphitis could obviously see the potential of the product and the Karens. As a result he declared himself in to with an investment of £100,000 in KCO Iceblading.
The Karens were over the moon with the decision!
Karen O’Neil, Founder said: “Pitching on the Dragons’ Den was one of the most nerve racking things she had ever done. Having walked up the famous stair case and pitching to some of the countries best known entrepreneurs made me forget some of the things that I had rehearsed 1,000 times. This is a dream come true, Karen and I have spent so much time and effort developing the idea, and now getting Theo on board is the icing on the cake.”
Karen Coombes a Founder and Ice Skating coach said: “With only 64 permanent Ice skating rinks left in the UK, our Dry Ice Blade will bring the skating experience to anyone who wants to skate, no matter where they live. They can now learn to skate, where previously they may not have had the opportunity, including trying all the moves that they have seen the proper skaters perform. Thanks to Theo’s investment the Dry Ice Blade will be available for everyone much sooner. I couldn’t be happier!”