A Swindon couple who took their chances on TV show Dragons’ Den have talked about the gruelling process they went through and which of the famous multi millionaire Dragons was considering investing in their company.

Keeran and Vaani VetriKo, 47 and 42, only appeared on our screens for a few minutes in the second episode of the latest series to pitch their unique beer brand for women. Although they didn’t receive the hoped-for investment, they say scenes that weren't aired show youngest Dragon Steven Bartlett was most likely to invest.

The co-founders of Neitiv launched their beer with its coconut flavour drops in March last year. They say they are the first to bring drinks with the drops to the western world after first tasting a similar beverage in Malaysia.

The product is marketed at women to challenge what they say is a stigma around women drinking beer. And that marketing ploy seems to be working. Half of their customers are female, which the couple believes proves that the product is gender neutral.

The company was scouted for the show just a month after it launched but Keeran was concerned it was too early.

He said: “I’m not sure how they found us. Personally, I was a little reluctant. We didn’t have a track record of sales because we’d only just started.

“We watched all the past episodes and almost all of the pitches ask about the numbers, showcasing sales and revenues.

“The issue was that if we waited and applied in three years time, we might not get it, so we thought let’s just try it and if it doesn’t happen it’s fine.”

The Dragons are known for their interrogating questions but Keeran revealed that the process was tough - on and off screen. “They want you to have proof of almost everything you say on the show. They wanted lab reports to show there were the 20 nutritional minerals and amino acids we said there were.”

Keeran says that in their hour long meeting, Steven, who is the newest member, may have invested if the company had months of sales records.

He added: “He was really interested in the product and the eco-friendly ring-pull cap. He said he would probably be our customer.

“That wasn’t really shown on the programme because it had to be edited and we were grilled for about an hour.

“Sara Davies liked how we worked with our farmers because we don’t exploit them and she liked the eco-friendly aluminium packaging.

“Peter Jones was not convinced at all. He wanted cheap beer to drink with his friends and he didn’t buy into the whole concept.”

The VetriKos now want to approach smaller retailers because they feel more people will buy into the product if they can easily access samples.

They also have plans to launch a project to fight period poverty with revenue from their sales going towards providing free sanitary product to women via a link on their website.