Naas man Stanley Jackson, from Morrell, gave a Dragon’s Den judge a much-deserved ‘wallop’ so to speak last Easter Sunday night.
Appearing on the RTE investment show, the father of three was pitching for investment for his soccer product, The Walloper.
When sharply criticised by businessman Gavin Duffy, Stanley gave as good as he got and received a round of applause from the other judges.
Speaking to the Leader, Mr Jackson explained: “Gavin was really smug but I gave as good as I got. I don’t like negativity. And the other judges started clapping. Of course its all about TV and entertainment sure I know that.”
Father-of-three Stanley has worked with Pfizer in Newbridge for 13 years and has been working on his product, The Walloper, part-time for a number of year.
The Walloper itself is a double-sided rebound portable target wall. His pitch to the Dragons was to have every school and soccer club have a walloper for training and to use it for raising revenue. “The idea came from playing soccer target practice off the wall out my back garden with my son,” he explained.
He went in looking for E20,000 for a 10 per cent stake in his business. However, none of the judges were interested. “Not getting the investment will not deter me,” Mr Jackson insisted. “I am a very positive person. I have a great full-time job, I’m a father of three and I’ll continue to work on this product. There is no such thing as bad publicity, went on positive and went off positive. I’m trying to keep my head above water like everyone else in the country.”
So Stanley may not have scored an investment this time, but he is still going for the Premiership.