Canadian entrepreneurial fans, get set to enter the Den again.
"Dragons' Den" returns on Wednesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 NT) with 20 all-new, exciting episodes. A whole new crop of aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs lay it all on the line in front of five intimidating, multimillionaire venture capitalists. The Dragons each have individual strengths, expertise, knowledge and connections necessary to turn great ideas into gigantic fortunes.
The season premiere reveals a brand new Den, which is bigger, bolder and more ominous than ever before. There are familiar faces, but also some new names for Season 8. They're entrepreneurs from big cities like Vancouver and Montreal, but also small towns like Carcross, Yukon, and Salt Spring Island, B.C. Viewers will get a chance to see the Dragons take on sideshow entertainers, seasoned food manufacturers, and even board-game enthusiasts.
Season 8 of "Dragons' Den" features five special episodes, including a fan-favourite Student Special, a Holiday Special, a Second-Chance Show, an Update Special, and an all-new Canadian-themed episode, Only in Canada, showcasing products that could only have been thought up by Canucks (including scrotum lotion -- we kid you not).
The five well-loved -- and feared -- Dragons in the Den this season are:
'Dragons' Den' Dragons
The Dragons of Season 8.
Bruce Croxon, Internet Mogul
Croxon is an active investor with his company Round 13 Capital, advisor, and start-up champ who co-founded one of the best-known online dating websites in the world, Lavalife.
David Chilton, Publishing Powerhouse
Chilton is a former stock broker and author of the personal finance book 'The Wealthy Barber,' ranked as Canada’s all-time best-selling book, having reached 10 percent of Canadian households. He’s also had incredible success as publisher and president of a series of low-fat cookbooks under the Looneyspoons brand.
Arlene Dickinson, Marketing Maven
One of Canada's most renowned independent communications entrepreneurs and sought-after speakers, Dickinson is CEO of marketing firm Venture Communications, a creative powerhouse with a blue-chip client list. Arlene recently founded an online network exclusively for entrepreneurs, called YouInc.com.
Kevin O’Leary, Investment Guru
The Bay Street television pundit started his fortune selling educational software and is now Chairman of O’Leary Funds, his own mutual-fund company, and also helms O’Leary Mortgages.
Jim Treliving, Franchise Baron
This former RCMP officer has 40 years of franchising experience with both Boston Pizza and Mr. Lube. He also manages a portfolio of multimillion dollar sports and real-estate investments.
"Dragons' Den" is the highest-rated Canadian unscripted program on during the regular TV season, with an average audience of more than 1.2 million Canadians each week.
Oh, and "Dragons" fans, if you want to meet the Dragons in person and you happen to be in Toronto on October 2, there's an exclusive premiere event at the Bay Adelaide Centre. Attendees will get a chance to view an exclusive preview of the new season of "Dragon's Den" alongside host Dianne Buckner and Dragons David Chilton, Bruce Croxon, Kevin O’Leary, and Jim Treliving. Fans of the show will also have the opportunity to ask the Dragons their burning entrepreneurship-related questions in a candid Q&A session. The session runs from noon - 1:30 p.m. ET.
"Dragons' Den" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and Sundays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC.