Collier Row boy sends dog walker invention to Dragons’ Den
PUBLISHED: 13:17 05 January 2011
AN ENTREPRENEURIAL youngster has penned a letter to the BBC’s Dragon’s Den after coming up with the idea of a treadmill for dogs.
Luke Benet, 9 from Frinton Road, Collier Row has sent off his invention of the Lazy Luke Dog Walker to the stars of the reality business programme.
Luke’s Dad, Danny Benet said: “It is a great idea and I have looked at it on the internet and it is actually quite a unique idea and could really catch on.
“I think that if he really put his mind to it, it could actually be made into a great product, but I think we would need some help from Dragons’ Den.”
Luke wrote the letter to the Dragon’s Den after showing his design and prototype to his headteacher who was really impressed with the idea.
In the letter, the Clockhouse Primary School student discusses his invention in more detail and asks the Dragons how much it would cost to create a real life version of the product.
Headteacher of Clockhouse Primary School, Mrs Hafise Nazif said: “Luke followed the exact process that you would actually use in business.
“He researched it, designed it and then created a prototype and the only thing left to do now would be to actually create the product.”
Luke was asked to create his own invention as part of the school currriculum on inventions and machines.
He was inspired to invent the dog walker when his dog didn’t want to go for a walk during Decembers heavy snowfall.
Luke then created a prototype of the idea with the help of his builder dad using wood and a screw driver.
Danny said: “The idea for the dog walker came from Luke and he even went through the process of doing his research and then drawing out his design.
“But it didn’t surprise me because he always wants to help me put shelves up at home.”
Luke has even spoken through his invention with a worker at Pets At Home who were impressed with the idea.
He is now waiting for a response from the programme, which sees people pitching ideas to secure investment from successful business people.
Danny said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Luke did get a response because at the moment he is really into inventions and he is just a budding Sir Alan Sugar.”
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