Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dragons' Den Returns!

Dragons’ Den returns tonight with a full season of new episodes. Once again, aspiring entrepreneurs will take on 5 judgmental multimillionaires in an effort to win investment capital for their business ideas.

It’s fun, it’s human, it’s the quintessential challenge of business recast as fasinating five-minute dramas. What’s more important, to me, is that millions of Canadians are getting valuable lessons on business and opportunity with every episode. They're exposed to the vision, optimism and drive of real Canadian entrepreneurs. And they get to see how the marketplace (represented by the five Dragons) welcomes great opportunities and bounces the rest – no matter how earnest, likeable or smart the pitchers may be.

For this season, I hear the deals are bigger and better - and if anything, more complicated. Viewers this season are going to learn that equity investing isn't the only way to go - sometimes a deal that gives the investor upfront income makes more sense for both sides.

I think Dragons’ Den is changing entrepreneurship in this country, for the better. Give it a look.

You can watch it at 8 pm on CBC TV, or catch reruns online.

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