09/20/2013 02:28 EDT | Updated 09/20/2013 03:06 EDT

'Dragons' Den' Season 8: When Does It Start And What's New?


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:

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"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.