CBC’s Dragons’ Den returns to Waterloo to seek the next big business

Friday, February 15, 2019

CBC’s Dragons’ Den is returning to the University of Waterloo on March 6 to host auditions for the next season.

Part of a nationwide tour, open auditions will be held at the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dragons’ Den provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with an opportunity to pitch their innovation to a panel of wealthy Canadian business moguls and seek a partnership.

“Given Waterloo’s reputation as a hub of entrepreneurial activity it is quite fitting for Dragons’ Den to be on campus once again. I encourage aspiring entrepreneurs within the campus community to seize this opportunity to showcase their talent and the innovative spirit of Waterloo Region,” says Scott Inwood, Director of Commercialization, Waterloo Commercialization Office, University of Waterloo.

Aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages with businesses at any stage of development are welcome to attend the open auditions. Hopeful entrepreneurs should apply online and prepare to pitch to their concept to the Dragons’ Den producers in five minutes or less. If the producers are impressed by the pitch, the entrepreneurs could be invited to face the Dragons in Toronto. Attendance at the audition is not mandatory, however, it is highly encouraged.

Last March, Chau Phan, a former Waterloo PhD student from the School of Optometry and Vision Science pitched his affordable parcel dimensioning system and company Tricolops Technology Inc. during the open auditions and was invited to appear on the show in Toronto in the spring of 2018. Phan started Tricolops in the Velocity Garage, part of Waterloo’s entrepreneurship program, Velocity, with two other students and alumni from Waterloo.

To prepare for the upcoming auditions, applicants are asked to refer to the Dragons’ Den Cheat Sheet. For those who cannot attend the March 6 audition, a full list of audition locations are listed on the Dragons’ Den website, and interested entrepreneurs can also apply online.

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