Friday, March 05, 2010

Dragons Sighted Over Canada (again!)

I'm looking forward to auditioning Dragons’ Den prospects tomorrow. Auditions for next season (being tape this spring) began earlier this week in Saskatoon, and continue till April 17 in Ottawa. This year the producers will hit 40 cities in their search for wacky inventors and doable deals, so click here for the audition schedule.

The first of two Toronto auditions goes tomorrow, at CBC Toronto, from 10 till 6. You can register online here, or just show up sign in and wait around. There will also be a second Toronto audition on April 10.

The CBC’s expecting a big crowd tomorrow, so get there early or come in the afternoon. In past years, the line has been pretty much gone by 3 pm.

I will be helping out with auditions for the fourth year in a row. I’m no Kevin O’Leary, but I would be glad to harangue you on his behalf if you drop by.

As always, prospective pitchers are encouraged to: explain your business plan in 20 seconds, know the size of your target market, and be able to sum up your competitive edge in a comprehensible, compelling way. If your product or business idea already has sales, let us know first thing. That’s what separates the dreamers from the doers.

Oh, and there’s still two episodes to go for this season. Watch for cool deals on March 10, and then for the season finale on March 17, which will focus on the background stories of the ever-loving Dragons themselves. Sounds like must-see TV. I have been given an advance peek, and I will blog about it soon.

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