Two Scots-based energy entrepreneurs pitch in for investment in TV Dragon’s Den

Artur Napiorkowski with his RetroMixer; Colin Hattersley Photography
Artur Napiorkowski with his RetroMixer; Colin Hattersley Photography

Two Scottish-based energy entrepreneurs  made the financial investment presentation of a lifetime when they pitched on the BBC TV Dragons’ Den programme last night.

Artur Napiórkowski and Denny Schenk won a place in the Low Carbon Ideas Lab at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation earlier this year with the Retromixer –  a patent-pending, easy to use, adjustable and affordable adapter that mixes hot and cold water streams.

The Retromixer claims to make washing your hands more convenient and also helps save water and energy.

The pair came up with the idea when Napiórkowski – studying in the UK as an international student – discovered that the separate taps for scalding hot and freezing cold water was a common complaint for visitors to the UK.

Charlotte Waugh, ECCI Innovation Manager, said: “We’re really proud of Artur and Denny –  we knew they had a great idea the minute they applied for the Low Carbon Ideas Lab.

“’Dragon’s Den’ is watched by millions of viewers so the appearance on TV could also help take Retromixer to new heights.”

Artur Napiórkowski, Co-Founder of Retromixer Ltd, said: “ECCI, with the Low Carbon Ideas Lab programme, has been very generous in its support from day one.

“We’re really happy and thankful we had the opportunity to become members of the ECCI community. It’s beyond any doubt it has helped us establish a business that now has a fully developed and manufactured product with sustainability in focus and growing sales.

“We were put in touch with mentors, legal advisors, business angels and other organisations from the wider ecosystem of early stage entrepreneurship in Scotland.”

The hit TV series pits the wits of budding entrepreneurs who each get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires willing to invest their own cash.

Dragons DenThe Dragons – five venture capitalists willing to invest their own money in exchange for equity – presently include Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Sarah Willingham, Touker Suleyman and Nick Jenkins.

The Low Carbon Ideas Lab, based at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, provides support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas that accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy.

The Low Carbon Ideas Lab is currently open now for applications.

Apply online by 12 September:

Unfortunately, the two entrepreneurs did not entice any of the Dragons into investing the  £45,000 they sought.



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