Dragon’s Den, the popular television show where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of experienced investors, is calling on all hopefuls to submit their pitches for a chance to be featured on CBC’s upcoming season.
The auditions for the 18th season of Dragon’s Den will be conducted in-person as well as through Zoom to accommodate entrepreneurs from across the country. The in-person auditions will take place in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. Applicants are requested to indicate their preferred location and method of audition in their application.
In February, the selection process will begin, and the chosen applicants will be contacted for an audition. Those who are selected to participate in the show will need to be available for 1-2 days in Toronto between May 1 and May 23, 2023.
Dragon’s Den provides entrepreneurs with an excellent platform to pitch their business ideas to a panel of successful business magnates, including Robert Herjavec, Arlene Dickinson, and (Queen’s University alumna) Michele Romanow, who have years of experience in the business world. The show has launched many successful businesses in the past, and entrepreneurs have received substantial investments from the Dragons.
A number of Kingston-connected entrepreneurs have appeared on Dragon’s Den, including two segments on season 15’s second episode in 2020 – one featuring the Kingston-raised founder of Unbuilders (watch his pitch on CBC GEM) as well as the founders of 3 Ships Beauty (watch their pitch on CBC GEM), one likewise Kingston-raised and the other a Queen’s alumna.
The Dragons are known for their business acumen, and the advice they offer to entrepreneurs is valuable, regardless of whether or not they choose to invest. Participating in Dragon’s Den provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to receive valuable feedback, gain exposure, and potentially secure investment for their business ventures.
The deadline to apply for Season 18 of Dragon’s Den is fast approaching, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. This opportunity could be the chance of a lifetime for budding entrepreneurs to take their business ideas to the next level.
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