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Meet the 12-year-old school-girl who wowed The Dragon’s Den panel with her innovative idea

Published 05/09/2015 | 12:31

Photo: Wales Online
Photo: Wales Online

A Welsh school girl has become the youngest entrepreneur to ever face the panel on BBC favourite Dragon’s Den.

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Sky Ballantyne (12) and her financial director, her sister Kia (14), confronted the intimidating panel of dragons to try and garner support for her business idea.

The children presented their bicycle gadget to the dragons including Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Nick Jenkins, Sarah Willingham and Touker Suleyman, according to Wales Online.

Sky’s business idea is a harness which aids children who are learning to cycle and began as part of homework assignment.

The gadget is fastened onto the chest of a child and can be held by parents to help prevent falls and injuries. Sky’s product has already been developed and sold to local stores and larger retail departments in Wales with a focus on cycling.

Sky told Wales Online: “Our mum is one of the company directors and she applied to the show.

“When she got the call to come and audition for Dragons’ Den, we thought she was joking.”

The 12-year-old revealed that she was extremely nervous before she walked into face the dragons.

“When the red light turned green, I could feel my heart thumping and I felt really excited,” said Sky.

“I could feel my nerves as Kia started our pitch. It went smoothly, and once I started my bit, my nerves went away and I really started to enjoy it.

“I was so relieved when the Dragons all burst into smiles as I finished my last sentence.

“I knew we had done a good job, but I couldn’t relax yet because I knew the questions were coming.

“I was so happy when Sarah Willingham said that if her children grew up to be like us then she would be really proud.

“They said our pitch was one of the best, and when we were able to answer all of their questions I realised all of our hard work had paid off.”

She added: “We were in the Den for almost an hour and a half and although the questioning was tense, we both really enjoyed it.

“Most of the questions were easy to answer because they were about my product which I love talking about.”

Dragons’ Den airs at 8pm on BBC2 on Sunday, September 6

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