A flaming great opportunity! Leeds tech boss Mark bids to slay TV’s Dragons

Mark Walsh.
Mark Walsh.

Leeds technology entrepreneur Mark Walsh’s web-based pub quiz platform KwizzBit means he is normally the one asking all the questions.

But this weekend TV viewers will be able to watch as Mark tries to come up with answers that will impress the fearsome panel of business experts who star on BBC Two show Dragons’ Den.

The current line-up of experts on Dragons' Den.

The current line-up of experts on Dragons' Den.

He went on the programme with the aim of securing investment to accelerate the growth of KwizzBit, which lets users take part in multiplayer quizzes and ‘fastest finger first’ competitions via their smartphones and tablets.

Mark’s appearance was filmed in May and how he fared in front of Peter Jones and co is being kept under wraps until the show goes out on Sunday.

But, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post ahead of the programme, he said: “I am incredibly excited for Sunday’s episode of Dragons’ Den.

“Of course, I’m a little nervous as we’re not sure which parts of the show will be aired, but I do think that although I had to withstand some challenging questions I represented myself and KwizzBit in the best way possible.

“The Den was a great opportunity for me to pitch our innovative platform to an experienced panel and put my pitching skills to the test.”

Mark, who has a team of six staff, added: “What you see is what you get and there is no ‘cut’ or ‘start again’ so you have to think fast and be prepared.

“I feel I came away having learnt a lot but also feeling really proud of myself and what I’d achieved.

“The whole process was quite challenging and the Dragons did probe me about all aspects of my business.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience on the show and the team is looking forward to what’s next for KwizzBit.

“We’ve had some exciting things develop since the show and we’re excited to share these with the world after Sunday.”

Mark set up KwizzBit with the intention of dragging the traditional pub quiz format into the digital age.

Based at the Entrepreneurial Spark centre off the Headrow in the middle of Leeds, the business is aiming to emulate the success of another of his gaming projects, entitled Rock and Roll Bingo.