Mountain Trike Creator Tim Morgan on BBC Dragon’s Den
Tim takes on the Dragons!
Late last week we popped-on our TV with anticipatory excitement to watch the fantastic Tim Morgan brave the Dragon’s Den on BBC Two, in a bid to gain investment towards his innovative Mountain Trike invention.
Although understandably somewhat nervous, Tim did an amazing job of pitching to the Dragons, presenting a solid and informative speech, whilst also coming across as incredibly likeable (which he genuinely is ;-)).
Skip to the end to get Tim’s take on the Dragon’s Den experience and why he’s happy with the result.
Mountain Trike on Dragons Den Video
The All Terrain Wheelchair Invention – Mountain Trike
Tim’s Mountain Trike creation is an innovative, UK-patented and designed manual wheelchair that is not only lightweight, and extremely easy to manoeuvre, but also engineered so that it is durable and steady enough to take on the roughest of terrains, making it ideal for travelling over all types of ground.
The Mountain Trike includes a plethora of technical features to ensure the user is comfortable and steady whilst out and about. The wheelchair uses drive levers to propel it forwards, which help to amplify the effort the user puts in, whilst also keeping hands clean – brilliant for muddy woodland and sandy beaches.
The gearing system and large front wheels provide the correct speed and traction for both flat ground and uphill climbs, and allow the user to ride up and over curbs and obstacles with ease.
Comfort was also a important issue when Tim created the Mountain Trike, and he has included a changeable base cushion and moulded back rest into the design, to help ensure a relaxed and secure comfortable position whether you are moving around the home or taking a trip up a steep hillside.
What did the Dragons think?
All of the much-revered entrepreneurs were highly impressed by Tim’s creation and the delivery of his pitch, however in spite of this Tim didn’t quite manage to win investment as the greedy Dragons wanted much more of the fast growing business than Tim and his partners had agreed to part with. However, we know that Tim has big plans for his outstanding and inclusive Mountain Trike, and wish him every success in taking the wheelchair out a wider audience. The publicity from the show will help wheelchair users across the country know about the off road possibilities that they can enjoy using the trike.
Tim Morgan and the Mountain Trike company are members of the Kandu Group – a selection of disability entrepreneurs who have formed a collective to help launch and promote disability products and services. The Trabasack and Equipped For life team have proudly exhibited the Mountain Trike with Tim and the team on a number of occasions, most recently at the Mobility Roadshow in June, and know that he and his multiple-award-winning invention are due to accomplish further success, whilst also helping to change the lives of those with disabilities on a daily basis.
Why I said No to the Dragons – Tim Talks Back
Since saying no to Deborah Meaden’s offer in the Den Tim has explained exactly why he made that decision. His confidence in his decision probably shocked many viewers but we’re more interested in his decision and why it ended up the way it did.
Tim describes his experience in the den as ‘pretty intense’ to local press but also explained that he felt confident and felt his pitch went well, thanks to positive comments from the Dragons. As is often the way on the popular show the company valuation was the problem.
Tim’s experience, understanding and supportive team were enough for him to realise the product has serious potential beyond what the Dragons were able to offer – at least in terms of % value for their cash.
Users of the trikes are also play a key role in Tim’s product development. Feedback from a user living with MS has told the Mountain Trike team that the trike has allowed him to return to outdoor life with his sons and the military rehabilitation unit in Headley Court in Surrey also has five trikes to help with rehabilitation. Injured soldiers from many conflicts included Afghanistan have become Mountain Trike customers.
As before we really do wish Mountain Trike and Tim all the possible success and are convinced they’ll continue to go from strength to strength.