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Dragon's Den making return visit to Okanagan

Dragons’ Den producers chat among themselves on while Paul Clissold makes his pitch during last year’s auditions for the show, which were held at Okanagan College in Penticton. This year, the auditions are being held in Kelowna.  - Western News file photo
Dragons’ Den producers chat among themselves on while Paul Clissold makes his pitch during last year’s auditions for the show, which were held at Okanagan College in Penticton. This year, the auditions are being held in Kelowna.
— image credit: Western News file photo

If you’ve built the proverbial better mousetrap, now might be your chance to take it to the big time as Dragons’ Den producers arrive in the Okangan next week in search of the brightest business ideas in Canada.

The 2014 Audition Tour sets up in Kelowna on Feb. 19, one of more than 30 cities they are visiting in search of enthusiastic entrepreneurs hoping for a chance to enter the den and make a deal with a dragon. The open auctions take place at the Okanagan School of Business, Kelowna Campus (100 K.L.O. Road) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with no prior TV experience required. With the highly-rated all-student episode and the recent launch of Kevin O’Leary’s Future Dragon Fund, Dragons’ Den continues to seek out and support young Canadian entrepreneurs.

Budding entrepreneurs should be prepared to pitch their business in under five minutes. If they can convince Dragons’ Den producers they are ready for their 15 minutes of fame, they could be invited to brave the Dragons face-to-face in the next season.

Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online at cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions and bring a completed application form to the audition.

Dragons’ Den is the popular Canadian production featuring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to venture capitalists in hopes of getting financial backing, with an average audience of more than 1.2 million Canadians each week.

More information, including full episodes, can be viewed at cbc.ca/dragonsden.

 

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