I was in Dragon’s Den and they turned me down – now my business is bigger than ever


SCOTS inventor wins best business award after appearing in Dragons’ Den aiming to revolutionize the world of piping.

Robbie Maisak, 22, was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at a ceremony Wednesday night.

Young entrepreneur pitches investment in FLUX Blowpipe bagpipe technology


Young entrepreneur pitches investment in FLUX Blowpipe bagpipe technologyCredit: BBC
Robbie MaIsaac was only 14 years old when he invented this technology.


Robbie MaIsaac was only 14 years old when he invented this technology.Credit: BBC

The engineering student appeared on the hit BBC show showcasing his FLUX Blowpipe bagpipe moisture control technology.

MacIsaac was just 14 years old when he invented a technique to absorb excess condensation from his whistling breath.

Extends instrument life by trapping condensation at the source before it circulates in the bag.

There may also be health benefits, as Piper’s lung disease, also known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, can be caused by exposure to fungi from excess moisture in the device.

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However, MacIsaac walked away from the show without investment, but was recognized by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

He said: “I am very excited about what winning this award means for my business.

“It was great to be on TV a few weeks ago, but this award is a clear indication that I have a really strong business.

Carolyn Currie, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, said:

“We are particularly pleased to see so many women-led companies among the nominees and winners.

“It was especially exciting to meet the youngest woman in the history of the FSB to be nominated for the award, at just 13 years old, who is making real progress in her business.

“We share many goals with the FSB, including improving women’s access to finance and allocating more resources to women’s business initiatives in Scotland. We look forward to continuing to work together on important issues.”

FSB Scottish Regional Chair Pauline Weddell added:

“We know small businesses are key to getting out of financial hardship, and the innovation and determination we saw in the room today really made that point.”

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