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‘Inspirational’ Brummie mum bursts into tears on Dragon’s Den after getting £50k

A Brummie mum-of-two from “one of the most deprived wards in the UK” sobbed as she won a huge £50k investment for her business on Dragon’s Den.

Kameese Davis impressed the Dragons and viewers alike with her inspirational story and passion for her range of afro and curly hair products – and the fact she was in “high level” talks with high street chain Superdrug.

Speaking about Birmingham on Thursday’s episode, the entrepreneur said: “I grew up in one of the most deprived wards in the UK and I experienced a lot of the social and economic challenges which come with being raised in an environment such as that.

“Thankfully for me I had a mum that was very resilient and she made sure that I obviously wouldn’t become a statistic.”

Kameese revealed she had won multiple industry awards and even turned down an offer from Holland and Barrett to stock Nylah’s Naturals hair products, inspired by her daughter Nylah.

She said she had “done all of this without working capital whilst working part time and having to raise two small children”.

Walking into the den, she whispered to herself: “You’re a bada**, you’re going to do this.”

And although it looked like she would leave empty handed, as one after one of the business giants turned her down because of her small sales, she was right.

Sara Davis – the founder and owner of Crafter’s Companion – offered her the full £50k for 40% of the business, reducing Kameese to tears.

There was a lovely moment between the two business mums as Sara said: “I think you’ve got some real drive and determination.

“I believe in you. In my eyes you’ve done the really difficult part. I’d really like to back another ‘mumtrepreneur’ going places.”

Kameese quickly accepted, telling Sara she would make her proud.

Duncan Jones then added: “You couldn’t have invested in a nicer lady who needed a break.”

Birmingham MP Jess Phillips was watching the show – and was more than a little excited that Kameese was on.

Her followers agreed saying: “I found her really inspiring. I hope she is meteoric!”

Another said: “Yep,the wife and I were rooting for her. I think she will go far, she is clearly a clever, driven and talented woman. Glad she got an investment.”

A third added: “So happy too! Totally welled up too when she got her offer.”

Jess Phillips later tweeted the details to her business asking people to support Kameese.

You can follow her on Twitter @Nylah_UK.



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