Auditions heated up in Oshawa for the DRAGONS’ DEN, the hit series returning this fall on CBC Television. The production team came to Oshawa looking for the next big thing for Season Four. The open auditions took place on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 in the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce boardroom and between 20 and 25 entrepreneurs showed up to try and convince the producers that their concept was ready for the limelight, and why they should qualify to be on Dragons’ Den.
“The show gives aspiring entrepreneurs who may have a hot business concept the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of wealthy Canadian moguls who are entrepreneurs themselves”, stated Lindsey Neely one of the producers, “adding the prize is real cash and real investment – from the Dragons’ own pockets”.
“Throughout the day there was a steady stream of hopefuls with some really unique and wonderful ideas coming through the Chamber of Commerce” stated Bob Malcolmson, CEO and General Manager adding “it was great to see that the entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well in Oshawa.”
No experience was necessary for this round of auditions, the individuals just needed to be prepared to make a pitch in five minutes or less. The producers were open to consider any idea — from eco-friendly inventions to futuristic vehicles to unique underwear – as long as it can make money!
The producers Michelle MacMiillan and Lindsey Neely were on hand to find out everything about their businesses noting that some of the people who came to the audition were from the auto sector and had recently been downsized and had developed their own business.
Chris Dreossi and Jeff Dawson auditioned for the producers and pitched there tire warmers for motorcycles. They have been making the tire warmers for 5 years and have enjoyed moderate success. but like most entrepreneurs they are motivated to expand and prosper. The opportunity to audition for the Dragons’ Den peaked their interest.
The Chamber wishes all those who attended the audition the best of luck and await the results.