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CBC-TV’s Dragons’ Den is opening auditions for its next season. Across Canada and throughout BC, they’ll be searching for the next great business pitch. Think you have what it takes? See what other BC companies have emerged with a deal.

Holy Crap is one of the most successful BC companies to go on Dragons’ Den. Brian and Collin Mullins from Sechelt came on the show with their healthy breakfast cereal, asking $120,000 for 20% of their company. Boston Pizza chairman Jim Treliving met their demand after just a few spoonfuls of the cereal. The Mullins chose to decline, but took Treliving’s keen business advice. They returned five years and $18 million later, asking $2 million for a 49% stake. The pair made a deal with Treliving for 50% of their company.

Recently, Vancouver-based Daily Delivery brought their delivery service to the Dragons. Fez and Sal Rismani were seeking $200,000 for 10% of their business: an Uber-like model of on-demand services. Rather than focusing on the consumer, Daily Delivery serves restaurants and stores that cannot otherwise deliver to large customer bases. The pair emerged with a deal of $200,000 for 33% of the company.

Meowbox, from Vancouver, is a subscription service for cats (or rather, cat owners). The company sends out a package of personalized toys and treats every month, for those who want to spoil their pets. Olivia Canlas and Francois Deschenes approached the Dragons asking for $150,000 with a 15% stake, and ended up with $150,000 for a 20% stake.

Audition for Dragons’ Den throughout BC at these dates and locations:

  • Feb. 13 – Vancouver, BC
  • Feb. 17 – Richmond, BC
  • Feb. 17 – Cranbrook, BC
  • Feb. 19 – Nanaimo, BC
  • Feb. 20 – Victoria, BC
  • March 4 – Abbotsford, BC
  • March 5 – Vancouver, BC
  • March 10 – Kelowna, BC
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