PAIR HOPE TO CLEAN UP WITH DRAGONS
WHITCHURCH High School in Cardiff has been in the headlines following the successes of former pupils Gareth Bale, Sam Warburton and Geraint Thomas.
And now an ex-pupil is hoping to tell the school’s latest success story when he appears on Dragons’ Den tonight.
Cardiff-born Nathan Evans, who left the school in 2004, is hoping to win over the Dragons with his business BrandYourself.com
A first of its kind in the UK, the business provides both software and service solutions to help individuals and businesses clean up, improve and protect how they look online.
If you use the company, they will scan your entire online presence and look at any risk factors you might have such as risky social media posts and images and too much private information shared.
The company says it has worked with more than 700,000 people already and is hoping the BBC show will help to promote the business even further.
Mr Evans, who is due to appear alongside co-founder Patrick Ambron in the Den on tonight’s show, said: “Appealing to the Dragons was about more than just the financial investment, they would be a strategic partner for us in the UK.”
Mr Ambron, co-founder and CEO of BrandYourself, said: “In today’s age of cyber-bullying, revenge porn, hate sites and inadequate online privacy laws, something negative online can happen to anyone and shouldn’t define you or prevent you from moving forward with your life.
“Equally, we believe you shouldn’t lose opportunities just because other people are better at promoting themselves on the web. Our mission is to help people take back their online reputation, giving them the tools to clean up, protect and improve how they appear.”
The pair hope to emulate the success of another Cardiff entrepreneur who appeared on the show back in September.
Dad Craig Hill left his job as a teacher when his daughter was seriously injured in an accident, setting up his own business. Called Landscapes for Learning, it makes an affordable range of outdoor equipment aimed at cash-strapped primary schools, nurseries and day-care centres.
Dragon Peter Jones was so impressed with his work he gave him a £50,000 investment for a 30% stake in his business.
Mr Hill said: “I hope that with Peter’s help I’ll avoid some of the pitfalls that many new businesses succumb to, standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Patrick Ambron and Cardiff-born Nathan Evans of BrandYourself face the Dragons