Monday, June 07, 2010

Dragons' Den, Special Green Edition

For all you Dragons' Den fans, a special edition of the show airs tonight.
In a unique "green" competition sponsored by SunChips, three nominees - selected from hundreds of auditioners - will compete for the DD "Greenvention" prize, and the winner will walk away with $100,000.

Plus, this one-off episode, taped just a few weeks ago, features a relaxed dress code for the five dragons. (Normally they wear the same clothes all season long, so the editors can mix and match pitches from different days.) Most of the Dragons chose to go without ties this episode, while Kevin O'Leary sports a purple tie with polka dots to match his brown pinstripe suit.

The three finalists include a Toronto woman peddling clothes hangers made of recycled paper ("Landfill is a last-century solution"); a BC man pitching "veggie-plastic," a flexible plastic building material made from recycled drywall and renewable vegetable fibre ("Plastics are evil"); and a BC mom pushing natural baby wipes, biodegradable and chemical-free. ("Did you know that the average Canadian baby uses 2,500 baby wipes a year?")

I auditioned a number of Greenvention pitchers at DD's Toronto auditions in March. Some of them were very credible - well, other than the guy who was going to power a whole city by capturing the wind energy from trucks driving down the highway. I am hoping that some of the more credible pitches will make it on the show this fall.

For more on tonight's show, including some of the failed pitches, visit

And to find out who wins the $100,000 Greenvention prize, check out CBC TV tonight at 8 pm.


Nursery Natural Baby Wipes said...

I find the CBC Dragons Den a really fascinating program. It is always entertaining and educational watching entrepreneurs pitch their products to the Dragons. To make the trip for the audition is in itself a lot of work, so I feel for the entrepreneurs. I like to know who the lady pitching the hanger is. I think it is a great idea. The other lady with the baby wipes. Your reader may want to know that the name of the company is Nursery Natural Baby Wipes.

CompareReviews said...

Could watch only 1 episode.. and we all have loved dragons shown in it! wondering who would walk away with huge $$$? :D