1st Aug 2012 – RagHeroes launches – a moment in history to celebrate!

I am so thrilled and excited to officially open RagHeroes for business.  It has been both a demanding and enlightening journey into the world of toy making and we are so proud to have made it. I actually had the idea for RagHeroes back in January 2012 when my two boys wanted a rag doll of their own. They didn’t like the ‘cute’ ones we saw in the shops and so we made their very own range of Superhero dolls together. When everyone started asking for one was when I decided to turn this idea into a business and so RagHeroes was born.   Ever since I made the idea public in March 2012 it has gone from strength to strength with more and more pople coming out to support us!   We first had an application for small business funding accepted by Enterprise Nation and we gained more than 500 public votes and were awarded £500 which really allowed us to begin our journey.  The £500 investment meant we could buy our first ever sewing machine and set of materials to start making prototypes of the dolls and we even had some funds left over to get a website up and running too. Then in May 2012 something magical happened.  I responded to a tweet from Sir Richard Branson about a competition Virgin Media Pioneers were running in which 4 lucky entrepreneurs could win the chance to go to Richard Bransons Oxfordshire family home and pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and live audience.  The judges included Richard Branson, Richard Reed (co-founder of Innocent Drinks), Jamal Edwards (Founder...

Shortlisted for The Pitch 2012

I am so happy to let everyone know that I have been selected as one of the finalists for The Pitch 2012, which is a UK based small business competition with a prize fund worth £50,000! I want to win this for Rag Heroes so I can take the business to the next level, quicker. Please take 2 minutes to read my application and vote for me here: http://www.thepitchuk.com/pitch-80/maria-albertsen You don’t need to enter an email address or anything and it’s free to vote, just scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on ‘vote for me’……easy! This is why I think I should win The Pitch 2012: “I should win The Pitch 2012 as I have designed a toy which has the ability to make a lot of money and lead to employment for others, and the package on offer will help me to achieve this. My business idea also has a focus on helping little boys on a social level. The dolls I have designed and plan to manufacture will empower little boys to show and develop their caring sides whilst challenging the stereotypical views of society that little boys should not play with dolls. I believe it should be actively encouraged!” (taken from The Pitch...