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Dragons' Den

In April 2008, Andy Harsley was invited to demonstrate the rapstrap to five of the UK's leading entrepreneurs on the BBC TV show "Dragons' Den". The panel were impressed, and the venture received £150,000 backing from James Caan and Duncan Bannatyne, two of the UK's leading entrepreneurs.

The funding allowed rapstrap to be put into mass-production by Maxell (part of the Japanese Hitachi group.), and a multi-million pound global distribution deal was arranged with Schneider Electric. Rapstrap quickly became known as one of the most successful ventures ever to appear on the show.

The company has since become increasingly busy, with interest in the rapstrap coming from across the business spectrum. This has spurred us to develop other versions of our core technology, and we now offer a broad range of tying straps that can reduce your wastage and lower your impact on the environment.

The Dragons' Den Investment Team

Dragons' Den rapstrap - Andy Harsley

Andy Harsley

Andy is the inventor of the rapstrap technology and the founder of Kosine, the R&D company behind the development of the straps. His academic background is in physics, but over the last few years, Andy has branched out into injection moulding and rapid prototyping.

Dragons' Den rapstrap - Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne, OBE, is a Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. His business interests include health clubs, hotels, media, TV, stage schools, property and transport.

Dragons' Den rapstrap - James Caan

James Caan

James is one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs. He is the founder and CEO of private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw, based in Mayfair, London. The company specialises in advisory, buyouts, venture capital, turnarounds and real estate investments and development opportunities in both the UK and Europe.

Dragons' Den rapstrap - Peter Moule

Peter Moule

Peter is the man behind revolutionising the electrical connector industry, is an effervescent entrepreneur and creator of the innovative "Chocbox" - a safe and simple solution to protect and insulate electrical connectors negating the need for untidy electrical tape (which does not meet current regulations).