Dragons' Den adventure for Devon businessman
Devon businessman Matthew Conridge says appearing on Dragons' Den was a "great experience" – despite failing to persuade any of the panellists to invest in his company.
The 27-year-old founder of online retailer Mamka went on the popular BBC TV show hoping to secure £200,000 of investment to help fund the next phase of its growth.
But after being grilled for two hours by the panel of multimillionaire venture capitalists, he left the den empty handed.
"The Dragons didn't like me – for whatever reason they didn't really fancy me and we maybe struggled to understand each other," said Matthew, adding that an early altercation with Peter Jones – edited out of the programme screened on Sunday night – set the tone for his ultimately fruitless pitch.
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But he said he had no regrets about his encounter with the Dragons.
"I don't hold a personal grudge against any of them," said Matthew. "It was a great experience, there's no doubt about it.
"The whole process was really interesting to be involved in and there's been a lot of positive reaction."
Since the programme was filmed seven months ago, Matthew – who won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year title at the 2011 Express & Echo Business Awards – said Crediton-based Mamka had enjoyed a busy summer.
He is now offering investors with more limited means than the Dragons a chance to take a stake in Mamka via Exeter-based crowdfunding website Crowdcube.