Arminder Singh Dhillon is the entrepreneur behind Boot Buddy, a timesaving invention that helps clean muddy boots and shoes.
He created Boot Buddy aged 11 as an easy way to clean his football boots after getting fed up of being told off by his mother for bringing mud in to the house.
Inspiration struck after football training one day when Arminder combined a water bottle, plastic knife and washing up brush to create a very rudimentary version of Boot Buddy.
Seeing its potential and having garnered the support of his parents, Arminder was able to draw up his design as a CAD which was turned in to a 3D model and then a fully functioning prototype. Manufacturing began from this point on and Boot Buddy was born.
Seeking investment and guidance to help take his business to the next level, Arminder and his family braved the Dragons’ Den and secured backing from not just one but three dragons.
Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Touker Suleyman all backed the business with £20,000 for a 10% share of the business in the new series of the show which kicked off last night.
Arminder said: “The whole experience is indescribable. I’m still amazed at having seen my idea become an actual product and to now have the support of three such inspirational business people is incredible!
“Stepping in to the Dragons’ Den was definitely daunting but I’d rehearsed my pitch thoroughly and I had my mother and brother by my side for support so I wasn’t too nervous.”
Peter Jones added: “We’re so impressed by Arminder. He’s come up with a fantastic product and had the drive and determination to see it through. He’s leading the way for the next generation of great British business people.”
Boot Buddy aims to take all the strain out of cleaning muddy footwear. It only requires a couple of minutes and 300ml of water to clean even stubborn dirt build-up.
Looking to the future, Arminder said: “A large part of the dragons’ investment will be spent on marketing to take Boot Buddy to a wider audience.
“I plan on attending various trade shows and festivals both in the UK and abroad. I hope Boot Buddy will one day become a household name saving people hours of wasted time by changing the way they clean their muddy footwear forever.”