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Dragons' Den auditions coming to Timmins


By: Northern Ontario Business staff

Open Dragons’ Den auditions are coming to Timmins Feb. 6. Entrepreneurs from the region have another chance to face the Dragons for a shot at receiving financial backing for their business ventures.

The auditions will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Northern College, 4715 Highway 101 East, South Porcupine.

Candidates must apply online and bring the completed application form to their audition at Northern College. Registration will be held in Quill Lounge. Applications and a list of additional tour dates can be found at cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions.

No experience is necessary and participants of all ages are encouraged to audition. After highly-rated all-student specials in previous seasons, Dragons’ Den continues to seek young entrepreneurs who think they have what it takes to seal a deal with the country’s most renowned business tycoons.

All interested entrepreneurs should be prepared to pitch their business in less than 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 when the upcoming season is filmed in Toronto.

“Northern College is proud to once again play host to the Dragons’ Den auditions,” says Fred Gibbons, president of Northern College. “Our community has a long and storied history of innovation and entrepreneurial success. This reputation for passion and insight has never ringed truer than in 2013, and I am sure the entrepreneurial spirit thriving in northeastern Ontario will be well-represented.”

When Dragons’ Den visited Northern College last year, three local pitches made it to the Den, with one pitch resulting in a successful deal. Rick Dubeau and Dan Keizer presented Stove Minder, a tool that prevents unauthorized stove usage and turns the stove off after a predetermined amount of time. Dubeau and Keizer accepted Arlene Dickinson’s offer of $200,000 for 100 per cent of the Stove Minder business, garnering the duo a five per cent royalty on future sales.

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