Freelton-based Team Tables appears on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

News Mar 16, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A company that recently relocated to Flamborough has ventured into the Dragons’ Den.

Team Tables, which started in Burlington three years ago but recently moved to Freelton, is the brainchild of Mike and Nicole Brajak, alongside Kevin Pacheco. The trio appeared on Dragons’ Den, the CBC reality show in which aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls, in an episode which aired March 15.

Team Tables sells “custom handcrafted tables for sports enthusiasts” which feature a team or sport-themed tabletop and legs and feet adorned in the garb of various sports and a sporting implement as legs.

Mike said the idea for the product was discovered by Nicole, whose friend’s uncle made a rough table of the same style more than 20 years ago.

“She ended up bringing it home, I loved it,” he said. “People would come over and comment on how cool the table was.”

“We were thinking maybe there’s something here,” he continued. “Kevin was one of the people who came over and said, ‘This is an awesome idea, if you want to do something with it, I’m in.’

“That’s how we embarked on a year-and-a-half of R and D.”

Kevin noted the company can create tables for all NHL teams and MLB teams, as well as minor league teams and golf.

“Our products, we use real skates, real clothing, real shoes,” he said. “Everything is made in Canada.

“We have many different styles to choose from and different tabletops, so it goes with the decor in a man cave, cottage, office.”

Mike estimated the company has sold about 700 of the tables, which retail for about $500.

He noted the tables are built in Freelton, utilizing local suppliers for all the components.

Mike noted the Dragons’ Den experience, filmed in May 2016, was nerve-racking.

“We were well-prepared though,” he said. “We did some practising ahead of time with friends and family who helped us prepare a bit.”

However, he noted, it was a tight schedule of about two weeks from when they found out they would appear before the Dragons to the day of the pitch.

“It was quite a push to get ready for it,” he said. “We were the first ones up that day and they kept us waiting about two hours before we started.”

Kevin noted the process was surreal.

“It happened so fast,” he said. “Even afterwards … it was like, ‘OK, what just happened?’”

He noted the group had to walk downstairs into the Den, before beginning their 30-45 minute presentation.

“So much is going on,” he said of the show, “The Dragons and your partners are talking, the answers and you’re thinking about what to say.

“We were right on top of every question.”

Mike admitted that after a few minutes of talking the nerves disappeared.

“You just realize you’re talking to five people who are just interested in what you’re doing – mind you, five very, very successful people,” he said. “We were just having a good conversation – when you talked you almost forgot the cameras where there.”

Kevin noted after the pitch was filmed, they had to spend 10 months being silent and not mentioning what happened on the show. The trio just found out recently that they would make it to air.

On the episode, Mike said the group received two offers and got a deal on the show.

“We were in due diligence for three to four months or so,” he said. “Then in the end it fell through.”

However, he said a very small percentage of the people who appear on the show make a deal.

“Less than 10 per cent of the people who make a deal on air, does it go through,” he said. “If they really nitpicked everything on air you’d have very few offers.”

But just being on the show will be good exposure, Kevin said.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” he said. “To have people, especially the top five entrepreneurs in Canada, appreciate the product.”

Mike added the company is still looking for a good strategic investor.

“Being exposed, hopefully that can happen as well.”

The tables are available through select retail partners, and also through the company’s website at www.teamtables.com.


Freelton-based Team Tables appears on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

News Mar 16, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A company that recently relocated to Flamborough has ventured into the Dragons’ Den.

Team Tables, which started in Burlington three years ago but recently moved to Freelton, is the brainchild of Mike and Nicole Brajak, alongside Kevin Pacheco. The trio appeared on Dragons’ Den, the CBC reality show in which aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls, in an episode which aired March 15.

Team Tables sells “custom handcrafted tables for sports enthusiasts” which feature a team or sport-themed tabletop and legs and feet adorned in the garb of various sports and a sporting implement as legs.

Mike said the idea for the product was discovered by Nicole, whose friend’s uncle made a rough table of the same style more than 20 years ago.

“She ended up bringing it home, I loved it,” he said. “People would come over and comment on how cool the table was.”

“We were thinking maybe there’s something here,” he continued. “Kevin was one of the people who came over and said, ‘This is an awesome idea, if you want to do something with it, I’m in.’

“That’s how we embarked on a year-and-a-half of R and D.”

Kevin noted the company can create tables for all NHL teams and MLB teams, as well as minor league teams and golf.

“Our products, we use real skates, real clothing, real shoes,” he said. “Everything is made in Canada.

“We have many different styles to choose from and different tabletops, so it goes with the decor in a man cave, cottage, office.”

Mike estimated the company has sold about 700 of the tables, which retail for about $500.

He noted the tables are built in Freelton, utilizing local suppliers for all the components.

Mike noted the Dragons’ Den experience, filmed in May 2016, was nerve-racking.

“We were well-prepared though,” he said. “We did some practising ahead of time with friends and family who helped us prepare a bit.”

However, he noted, it was a tight schedule of about two weeks from when they found out they would appear before the Dragons to the day of the pitch.

“It was quite a push to get ready for it,” he said. “We were the first ones up that day and they kept us waiting about two hours before we started.”

Kevin noted the process was surreal.

“It happened so fast,” he said. “Even afterwards … it was like, ‘OK, what just happened?’”

He noted the group had to walk downstairs into the Den, before beginning their 30-45 minute presentation.

“So much is going on,” he said of the show, “The Dragons and your partners are talking, the answers and you’re thinking about what to say.

“We were right on top of every question.”

Mike admitted that after a few minutes of talking the nerves disappeared.

“You just realize you’re talking to five people who are just interested in what you’re doing – mind you, five very, very successful people,” he said. “We were just having a good conversation – when you talked you almost forgot the cameras where there.”

Kevin noted after the pitch was filmed, they had to spend 10 months being silent and not mentioning what happened on the show. The trio just found out recently that they would make it to air.

On the episode, Mike said the group received two offers and got a deal on the show.

“We were in due diligence for three to four months or so,” he said. “Then in the end it fell through.”

However, he said a very small percentage of the people who appear on the show make a deal.

“Less than 10 per cent of the people who make a deal on air, does it go through,” he said. “If they really nitpicked everything on air you’d have very few offers.”

But just being on the show will be good exposure, Kevin said.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” he said. “To have people, especially the top five entrepreneurs in Canada, appreciate the product.”

Mike added the company is still looking for a good strategic investor.

“Being exposed, hopefully that can happen as well.”

The tables are available through select retail partners, and also through the company’s website at www.teamtables.com.


Freelton-based Team Tables appears on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

News Mar 16, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A company that recently relocated to Flamborough has ventured into the Dragons’ Den.

Team Tables, which started in Burlington three years ago but recently moved to Freelton, is the brainchild of Mike and Nicole Brajak, alongside Kevin Pacheco. The trio appeared on Dragons’ Den, the CBC reality show in which aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls, in an episode which aired March 15.

Team Tables sells “custom handcrafted tables for sports enthusiasts” which feature a team or sport-themed tabletop and legs and feet adorned in the garb of various sports and a sporting implement as legs.

Mike said the idea for the product was discovered by Nicole, whose friend’s uncle made a rough table of the same style more than 20 years ago.

“She ended up bringing it home, I loved it,” he said. “People would come over and comment on how cool the table was.”

“We were thinking maybe there’s something here,” he continued. “Kevin was one of the people who came over and said, ‘This is an awesome idea, if you want to do something with it, I’m in.’

“That’s how we embarked on a year-and-a-half of R and D.”

Kevin noted the company can create tables for all NHL teams and MLB teams, as well as minor league teams and golf.

“Our products, we use real skates, real clothing, real shoes,” he said. “Everything is made in Canada.

“We have many different styles to choose from and different tabletops, so it goes with the decor in a man cave, cottage, office.”

Mike estimated the company has sold about 700 of the tables, which retail for about $500.

He noted the tables are built in Freelton, utilizing local suppliers for all the components.

Mike noted the Dragons’ Den experience, filmed in May 2016, was nerve-racking.

“We were well-prepared though,” he said. “We did some practising ahead of time with friends and family who helped us prepare a bit.”

However, he noted, it was a tight schedule of about two weeks from when they found out they would appear before the Dragons to the day of the pitch.

“It was quite a push to get ready for it,” he said. “We were the first ones up that day and they kept us waiting about two hours before we started.”

Kevin noted the process was surreal.

“It happened so fast,” he said. “Even afterwards … it was like, ‘OK, what just happened?’”

He noted the group had to walk downstairs into the Den, before beginning their 30-45 minute presentation.

“So much is going on,” he said of the show, “The Dragons and your partners are talking, the answers and you’re thinking about what to say.

“We were right on top of every question.”

Mike admitted that after a few minutes of talking the nerves disappeared.

“You just realize you’re talking to five people who are just interested in what you’re doing – mind you, five very, very successful people,” he said. “We were just having a good conversation – when you talked you almost forgot the cameras where there.”

Kevin noted after the pitch was filmed, they had to spend 10 months being silent and not mentioning what happened on the show. The trio just found out recently that they would make it to air.

On the episode, Mike said the group received two offers and got a deal on the show.

“We were in due diligence for three to four months or so,” he said. “Then in the end it fell through.”

However, he said a very small percentage of the people who appear on the show make a deal.

“Less than 10 per cent of the people who make a deal on air, does it go through,” he said. “If they really nitpicked everything on air you’d have very few offers.”

But just being on the show will be good exposure, Kevin said.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” he said. “To have people, especially the top five entrepreneurs in Canada, appreciate the product.”

Mike added the company is still looking for a good strategic investor.

“Being exposed, hopefully that can happen as well.”

The tables are available through select retail partners, and also through the company’s website at www.teamtables.com.