After the announcement that one of CBC's five Dragons, Robert Herjavec, will not return for the new season of the hit show the search for a new Dragon is under way. Julie Bristow (CBC's executive director of studio programming) said: "we anticipate that, as with all the Dragons, the new Dragon will bring his or her own unpredictable chemistry to this exciting show." She added: "We remain committed to supporting Canada's aspiring entrepreneurs, who help make Dragons' Den the most popular show of its kind on Canadian television."
Speaking about Herjavec, Bristow said "Robert - one of our original Dragons - has been a positive role model for many Canadian entrepreneurs. While we're sorry to see him go after six phenomenally successful seasons, we wish him well in his future endeavours."
Who has what it takes to be a Dragon in the Dragons' Den? Well, only the Dragons know best, so we've asked some of them for the three things it will take to be the next great businessman or woman to enter the Den...
1. Money! You need to be able to write a check for $1,000,000 and not cry if you lose it all because if the deal fails.
2. Have discipline, a good Dragon understands Dragons' Den is about making money not friends.
3. Have a good imagination, the best deals sometimes come disguised as the craziest.
1. Intuition, because we don't have much time with each presenter and you need to decide quickly if you can do business with that person.
2. Confidence, because sometimes you have to go with your gut when the other Dragons are saying that you are crazy.
3. Patience, because we have to kiss a lot of frogs in the Den to find a few great opportunities and the pitchers - and even the other Dragons - can drive you a bit nuts!