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Dragons look for Okanagan ideas

Producers with the hit Canadian TV show Dragon's Den will be back in Kelowna later this month looking for the brightest business ideas in the Okanagan.

Open auditions will be held at Kelowna Campus of the Okanagan School of Business on KLO Road Wednesday, Feb 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The nationwide audition tour invites participants of all ages.

Aspiring entrepreneurs should be prepared to pitch their concept to the Dragon's Den producers in five minutes or less.

Prospective entrepreneurs that show they have the chops to land financial backing for their business venture could be invited into the 'Den' to brave the Dragons.

Business pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition.

Several Okanagan entrepreneurs have made their pitch on Dragon's Den with mixed success.

This past season Mark Hanson from Armstrong got a $150,000 investor for the BinPak Compactor and Frank Deiter of Vernon received a $300,000 investment for his Mobile Juice Factory.

In previous years, Darrell and Colleen Bachmann from Penticton got $1M for Kick Spike, a golf shoe with retractable metal spikes while Caleb and Lars Krohn were recipients of $50,000 for their Liquid Hot Chocolate.

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