Future Dragon #5: Kyle Echlin

Dragons' Den and Kevin O'Leary are happy to announce our fifth Future Dragon Fund winner: Kyle Echlin!

Watch Kyle's video submission above to hear his pitch to Kevin and check out our interview with him below.

"OH MY GOD. It’s bigger than I can imagine. The fact that you guys called me was insane. I would have never thought I would have had this opportunity. The money will help with so much in the classroom alone and it will help push my own business farther. With other students it will help me build a relationship and help others build their businesses. I can help others get more opportunities."

Kyle is a grade 12 student at Oasis Alternative Secondary School in Toronto, ON and is the business manager at Oasis Skateboard Factory.

"I love graffiti art, it’s my number one passion. It’s the most amazing thing for me. Going through Toronto and meeting new artists is always fun. Sitting at home painting canvases is what I really love."

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Meet the fifth winner of the Future Dragon Fund!

DRAGONS’ DEN: How did you hear about the “Future Dragon Fund” contest?
RAPHAEL: At my co-op placement [Launch36] a co-worker sent me the information. She said I should apply because she thought I would have a good chance of winning.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Why did you decide to apply and what was your pitch?
KYLE: I never knew about it until my teacher told me about it. Being a business manager I said “let’s do it”. I was really excited to get more supplies in the class and more machinery to do more professional products.


DRAGONS’ DEN: Why did you decide to apply and what was your pitch?
KYLE: I decided to apply because I wanted to help fund the school. It has done so much for me and I wanted to give back to them. I went in with my team at school and started talking about it and everyone was on board. Everyone wanted to do it and was up for the challenge. We pulled together what we needed and what we would do with the money. There wasn’t much funding this year for our school and this will really help pull it all together.


DRAGONS’ DEN: How will you invest the money?
KYLE: The money will be going towards machinery to help produce skateboards and apparel such as screen printing and vinyl cutting and hat presses along with all the necessities such as paint and markers and wood for the classroom.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Where do you see yourself in five years and what are some of your goals?
KYLE: In 5 years I see myself with my own shop, business and brand. I also want to be doing what my school did for me. I want to be involved in an outreach program to help kids get off the street and help allow kids to do something that they wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunities to do.

DRAGONS’ DEN: How did you feel about winning $5000 and what difference will the money make in your life?
KYLE: OH MY GOD. It’s bigger than I can imagine. The fact that you guys called me was insane. I would have never thought I would have had this opportunity. The money will help with so much in the classroom alone and it will help push my own business farther. With other students it will help me build a relationship and help others build their businesses. I can help others get more opportunities. We all make brands at Oasis and I’m starting my own brand Monarch Crew. It is a skateboarding brand and is based off of 90’s hip hop.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Tell us about your other passions and hobbies?
KYLE: I love graffiti art, it’s my number one passion. It’s the most amazing thing for me. Going through Toronto and meeting new artists is always fun. Sitting at home painting canvases is what I really love. I also love playing and watching hockey.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Who is your inspiration/who do you look up to?
KYLE: My inspiration is an artist “Kwest”. He is a graffiti artist. His pieces are amazing. I like the fact that he just freestyles his art right from the start. He just goes for it.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Who is your favourite dragon?
KYLE: Arlene is hilarious, I love her. She always has something to say to the other dragons. Kevin is always someone to watch. He always has good input on what people are doing out there. He also knows when to dive into something that he doesn’t exactly know but is interested.
 

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