The chief of a mobility company who was looking for investment from the notorious Dragons has revealed how she fainted during filming for an episode of Dragons’ Den which is due to air this weekend.
Corien Staels, founder of wheelAIR, which launched onto the mobility market last year, described the encounter as “one of my most stressful experiences ever” and said she had forgotten to eat breakfast on the day of filming.
The episode was filmed in June and is due to air in full on Sunday at 9pm on BBC Two, where it will be revealed whether Staels secured the backing of a Dragon.
While giving no clues as to whether she obtained an investment, Staels said: “I should have learned my financials better.” She added: “Will I regret this? Maybe! But I might as well see the fun in it, right?”
A preview of the episode shows business guru Peter Jones grilling the wheelAIR boss on financial figures. Watching Staels struggle to gather the numbers together on the spot Jones says: “So, Corien, what’s going on now? Is this pressure? Are you feeling pressure?”
Staels then replies: “I’m sorry, I am going to pass out.”
Since the filming of the episode however, Staels gone on to secure multiple rounds of investment and business awards for her wheelchair solution.
In June the company launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to secure £30,000 of funding but smashed its target by £70,000 just weeks later after winning a business grant.
Since then wheelAIR has won multiple awards and cash prizes which it is using to upscale manufacturing and bring itself onto the mainstream market.
It is now being sold online and via certain dealers including John Preston Healthcare.
The battery-powered airflow backrest cushion uses inbuilt fan technology to not only cool the back, but reduce users’ core temperature by taking away excess heat and moisture. This allows for instant comfort and a reduced risk of hyperthermia. The wheelAIR cushion also offers extra support through a unique blend of carefully selected foams. It is available in four widths to fit all active lightweight rigid and folding wheelchairs with a canvas backrest.
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