Dragon’s Den viewers were blown away by an entrepreneur who they said looked identical to Carol Vorderman during her appearance on the show last night.
Theresa Pope, from Buckinghamshire, appeared on the BBC programme as she pitched her brand – which produces sweat absorbent patches and nipple covers.
She asked for £150,000 for 30 per cent of her business, Dandi London, but the Dragons weren’t impressed, with all five saying they were out as she described her poor sales figures.
However it was her similarities to the popular British presenter which distracted many of those watching.
One person wrote: ‘This lady looks like Carol Vorderman.’
Dragon’s Den viewers were blown away by how similar Theresa Pope, from Buckinghamshire, looked to Carol Vorderman on the show last night
Another commented: ‘You would have thought Carol Vorderman would have been better with the numbers than that…’
A third added: ‘Is that Carol Vorderman?….’
A fourth wrote: ‘This woman is the Wish version of Carol Vorderman, including her maths skills.’
Another also spotted the similarities between the two women, writing: ‘Carol Vorderman in the den?’
Appearing on the programme last night, Theresa explained: ‘I want the dragon’s to love our product – they will either get it instantly, or they might take…if they get it, they’ll get it straight away.’
She claimed the product could ‘solve your worst nightmare.’
She said she was looking for £150,000 for 30 per cent of the business, explaining: ‘Standing in front of anyone presenting can be daunting. But imagine if I was stood here with visible underarm sweat marks…it would not go well for me.
‘We created the Dandi patch. It is a super thin, super absorbent patch. It sticks to the underarm area and absorbs all the sweat and odour.
‘It’s so discreet you can wear it under anything. It’s a health alternative to deodorants because it allows you to sweat naturally.’
Theresa appeared on the BBC programme as she pitched her brand (right), but viewers couldn’t help but notice her similarities to Carol (left)
A model applied the patch to the area, with Theresa saying: ‘We recently added new products to our range, including unisex nipple covers which prevent unwanted protrusions.’
She said the product sells for £8.99, and it is currently sold in the Amazon UK and US.
She said: ‘We first came up with the initial idea in 2011, so it’s been a good five-seven year journey to get to this point. We went to market with this product towards the end of 2017.
However she told the entrepreneurs that the net loss of the business in the past six years was around £700,000.
Sara said: ‘What are you spending money on every year?’
She said: ‘We thought it would be a really simple product to make. Two or three years down the line, we realised it’s because it is a really technical product.’
Many excited viewers took to Twitter to say how similar Carol looks to the entrepreneur, who entered the den to pitch her underarm sweat patches
However Theresa appeared determined to stay upbeat, saying: ‘We’re pretty well covered with our patents.’
Steven Bartlett told her she should ‘stop’ the company, saying: ‘I don’t think you should carry on this business.
‘You’re going to lose about £1 million if you carry this on for 24 months. I’m going to congratulate you for creating a great product but I’m out.’
Touker Suleyman and Sara Davies also both bowed out, while Deborah Meaden also told her: ‘Your history told me, you don’t listen. You’ve been told, you’ve got a problem. And you haven’t stopped to understand what that problem is.’
She finished by saying: ‘Don’t spend a penny more. I won’t be investing, I’m out.’
During the show, Theresa described how she invented the underarm patch to dispel sweat patches once and for all
The entrepreneur also performed a demonstration of the products application on a model during her pitch
Peter Jones told her to invest in a sales person, saying: ‘You then have a chance of recovering more than the £700,000 you’ve invested in the next three years.
‘However, this is not an investment for me. You need to demonstrate people will adopt and buy this product.
‘Without that, it’s too risky and that’s why I’m out.’
Theresa told the camera: ‘Peter’s comments have really helped because we do understand the business potential there. Onwards and upwards.
‘We’re not going to give up. Never.’
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