Dragons' Den and Kevin O'Leary are happy to announce our eighth Future Dragon Fund winner: Tony Xie!
Watch Tony's video submission above to hear his pitch to Kevin and check out our interview with him below! Tony runs an entertainment company that started with a web comic and has expanded to a book and two apps. Check out Jolly Biscuit.
"Wow! After I heard the news, I ran around my apartment channeling my inner Mad Man. Afterwards I calmed down and got down to business."
Tony is a grade 11 student at John G. Diefenbaker High School in Calgary, AB.
"I look up to the people around me. All of the teachers I’ve had have helped me. The amount of talent I see around me is amazing. Without them I wouldn’t be able to achieve what I’m doing right now."
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Meet the eighth winner of the Future Dragon Fund!
DRAGONS’ DEN: How did you hear about the “Future Dragon Fund” contest?
TONY: I actually heard about the contest from an acquaintance. I don’t use Facebook very often but I need it to do networking and one day I logged on and saw a post. I thought “this is amazing”.
DRAGONS’ DEN: Why did you decide to apply and what was your pitch?
TONY: I decided to apply because I want to create something amazing. Something that could resonate with people. Creating a company allows you to do that. My pitch was about my company called “Jolly Biscuit” – an entertainment company. We started off as just a web comic and now we’ve got a book that’s about to be released within the next month or two. We have two apps that are currently on the app store and downloadable. We released both of these for free and they have 15,000 downloads on average. We’ve got a comic series planned and animations on the drawing board.
DRAGONS’ DEN: How will you invest the money?
TONY: The money will go to printing some books and we will also allocate part of the money to apps. This time we will make them paid so they will be monetized. We will also spend a portion of it developing our animations. Just winning this contest will help us with promotions which will be very helpful.
DRAGONS’ DEN: Where do you see yourself in five years and what are some of your goals?
TONY: In five years I see myself at the head of Jolly Biscuit. In the end when a lot of people go into business it’s to make money. The goal for me is to make something great and amaze people…everything else is secondary.
DRAGONS’ DEN: How did you feel about winning $5000 and what difference will the money make in your life?
TONY: Wow! After I heard the news, I ran around my apartment channeling my inner Mad Man. Afterwards I calmed down and got down to business. I have to say winning this contest and getting the news of it has already helped so much. The money will help us generate more revenue which will allow us to put it back into the company.
DRAGONS’ DEN: Tell us about your other passions and hobbies?
TONY: I only picked it up recently, but I love volleyball. I moved around a lot when I was younger. Volleyball has really helped me gain a lot of confidence.
DRAGONS’ DEN: Who is your inspiration/who do you look up to?
TONY: I look up to the people around me. All of the teachers I’ve had have helped me. The amount of talent I see around me is amazing. Without them I wouldn’t be able to achieve what I’m doing right now. Another inspiration is Disney in general. Disney was an example of how you can make things that resonate with others.
DRAGONS’ DEN: Who is your favourite Dragon?
TONY: Kevin because he’s just so brutally honest. When you talk to most people most don’t tell you the truth. He tells you what you need to know. If I were to have a mentor it would definitely be Kevin.