Scot stuns Dragons’ Den investors with bagpipe performance
A SCOT has stunned investors on Dragons’ Den after marching onto the BBC show playing the bagpipes.
Glasgow student Robbie MacIsaac appeared on Thursday’s edition of the popular show to pitch his FLUX Blowpipe product.
The 22-year-old inventor, from Falkirk, was aiming for a £40,000 investment for the attachment, which absorbs excess condensation when playing the instrument.
MacIsaac invented the item when he was just 14 years old, having played the bagpipes since the age of nine.
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To show the technology in action, the University of Strathclyde engineering student walked into the den playing the traditional Scottish folk song The Braes o’ Killiecrankie on a 112-year-old pair of pipes.
The Dragons appeared keen on trying the instrument themselves, with Deborah Meaden and Sara Davies both giving it a go.
But the Dragons raised concerns over the financial viability of the product, with MacIsaac saying the product is designed to last a lifetime.
The Dragons lauded the Scot for his entrepreneurship and in the end he walked away with no investment.
Commenting on his appearance, the Scot said: “Entering the Dragons’ Den is an experience I’ll never forget.
“I wanted to represent Scottish innovation and music as a passionate engineer, businessman and bagpiper.
“I knew the bagpipes would be a great emblem to represent the country.
“Although I didn’t get the investment, all of the Dragons were hugely encouraging about my invention and impressed with the traction of the business – and my performance on the pipes too – giving me lots of valuable advice and optimism for the future. “