Dragons' Den (Canadian TV series)

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Dragons' Den
Dragon's Den logo.jpg
GenreReality show
Directed byJoseph Interisano
Presented byDianne Buckner
StarringJim Treliving
Arlene Dickinson
Manjit Minhas
Michele Romanow
Lane Merrifield
Vincenzo Guzzo
Opening theme"Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is" by Oasis
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes216
Producer(s)Tracie Tighe
Molly Middleton
Alexandra Lane
Amy Bourne
Production location(s)Toronto, Ontario
Editor(s)Steve Tonon
Robert Megna
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time43 to 45 minutes
Production company(s)Celador (2006-2007)
2waytraffic (2007-2012)
Sony Pictures Television (2012-present)
Original networkCBC Television
Picture format480i 4:3 (SDTV) (2006-2007)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (2007–present)
Original releaseOctober 3, 2006 –
External links

Dragons' Den is a Canadian television reality show based on the internationally franchised Dragons' Den format which began in Japan.[1][2] The show debuted on October 3, 2006 on CBC Television, and is hosted by Dianne Buckner. Aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs pitch business and investment ideas to a panel of venture capitalists (termed "Dragons") in the hope of securing business financing and partnerships. The show also has a Quebec-only spin-off called Dans l'oeil du Dragon (literally 'in the Dragon's eye').

Auditions for the 14th season began on March 2, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario and ended on March 30, 2019[3] after a auditions tour across Canada. As of April 5, 2018, 216 episodes of Dragons' Den have aired.

Dragons' Den was added to Netflix on June 3, 2016.[4]


Each typical episode features approximately eight pitches, along with a brief synopsis of a further three pitches which usually were rejected by the Dragons.

Each pitch begins with the entrepreneur specifying the amount they are seeking as an investment and the percentage of their business which they are offering in exchange. The entrepreneurs generally describe their business and provide financial details in respect of their costs, sales, and profit margins. Pitches range from those at the conceptual stage to full-fledged long-term businesses. The Dragons ask the entrepreneur questions in order to assess whether their business is one which they would consider investing in. Each Dragon ultimately will either make an offer to invest or will declare that they are "out", meaning they are not interested in the business. Once all five Dragons are "out", the pitch ends.

While some entrepreneurs are made offers of exactly what they are seeking, most of the offers the Dragons make either seek a greater percentage of the business (equity) or seek a royalty on the sales of the business (this has become more prevalent in later seasons). The entrepreneurs and Dragons may then engage in negotiations until the available offers are either accepted (and a "deal" is made) or rejected.

While Dragons often partner up and make joint offers, they just as often make competing offers. Each of the Dragons has a unique set of skills and connections which sometimes results in the entrepreneur being forced to choose between offers (which might be offering the same or different economic terms) based on the "added" value the specific Dragon would bring to the business.

The main "rule" as set out at the start of every episode is that the entrepreneur is not permitted to accept an offer or multiple offers unless they would receive a total investment of at least the amount that they initially sought. The main ramification of this restriction is that entrepreneurs are often criticised for over-valuing their businesses. This is because the amount sought by the entrepreneur may be more than 50% of the value of their business as perceived by the Dragons (the Dragons rarely make deals for greater than 50%) and sometimes more than the entire value of the business as perceived by the Dragons. The restriction means the Dragons cannot offer a lesser amount that is more in line with their perceived value of the business.

Notwithstanding the acceptance of offers on the show, and the handshake agreements, the offers on the show are generally subject to due diligence by both parties and many "deals" made on the show do not ultimately close or close at different terms than originally expected. The show sometimes offers updates on both deals which were made and entrepreneurs who were rejected, including certain special episodes focusing exclusively on updates.


Timeline of Dragons[edit]

Dragons Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Current Dragons
Jim Treliving Main
Arlene Dickinson Main Main
Manjit Minhas Main
Michele Romanow Main
Lane Merrifield Main
Vincenzo Guzzo Main
Former Dragons
Kevin O'Leary Main
Robert Herjavec Main
Laurence Lewin Main
Jennifer Wood Main
W. Brett Wilson Main
Bruce Croxon Main
David Chilton Main
Vikram Vij Main
Michael Wekerle Main
Joe Mimran Main

Current Dragons[edit]

  • Jim Treliving (Season 1–present), a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and co-owner of Boston Pizza and Mr. Lube.
  • Arlene Dickinson (Seasons 2–9, 12–present), the owner of Venture Communications, a marketing company with offices across Canada. Announced she would be leaving the show February 13, 2015 to pursue other career aspirations. Announced she would return for Season 12.
  • Manjit Minhas (Season 10–present), CEO of Minhas Craft Brewery.[5]
  • Michele Romanow (Season 10–present), Internet entrepreneur.[6]
  • Lane Merrifield (Season 13–present), co-founded FreshGrade in 2011 and has since served in multiple roles, including his current position as CEO. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Club Penguin, the largest virtual world for kids, leading the company to rapid growth and an eventual acquisition by Disney in 2007 for $350 million. After the acquisition, he spent five years as Executive Vice President of Disney Online Studios.
  • Vincenzo Guzzo (Season 13–present), Executive Vice-President and C.O.O. of Cinémas Guzzo.[7].Guzzo was also a 'Guest Dragon' on the current season of the Quebec version.

Former Dragons[edit]

  • Kevin O'Leary (Seasons 1–8), co-host of CBC News Network's business news series The Lang and O'Leary Exchange. O'Leary is the former president of The Learning Company, which was sold to Mattel for $4.2 billion in 1999. He also appears on the US version of the show, Shark Tank. On March 14, 2014, it was announced that O'Leary would not be returning to the show for season 9.[8] On Jan 18, 2017 O'Leary announced his campaign for Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.[9]
  • Robert Herjavec (Seasons 1–6), founder of an IT security firm that he sold at the height of the dot-com bubble for over $100 million. Currently head of IT security firm "The Herjavec Group". He can still be seen on Shark Tank.[10]
  • Laurence Lewin (Seasons 1–2), co-founder of La Senza, a chain of lingerie shops with more than 310 stores throughout Canada, and, through corporate licensees, a further 320 stores operating in 30 countries around the world. Lewin left the show for health reasons and died on November 12, 2008. The show broadcast a dedication in memory of him on November 17, 2008.[11]
  • Jennifer Wood (Season 1), an executive in Canada's beef industry. Her career in the cattle business began in 1990.
  • W. Brett Wilson (Seasons 3–5) is a founder of FirstEnergy Capital Corp, a part owner of the English football team Derby County, and a minor partner in NHL's Nashville Predators team. During his time on the show, he brokered more business deals than any other Dragon on any version of the show worldwide.[12] Said to be the most philanthropically-minded of the Canadian Dragons,[13] he has been involved in numerous charities and participated in a CBC staff video for the online It Gets Better Project. Wilson left the show following season 5. In interviews following the announcement of his departure, Wilson criticized the show's producers for sticking to a format that favoured "abuse" and "criticism", rather than offering constructive guidance and feedback to potential entrepreneurs.[14] He subsequently announced his own entrepreneurship-themed series, Risky Business, to air on Slice.[15]
  • Bruce Croxon (Seasons 6–8) is a founder of online dating website Lavalife and owner of Vida Wellness Spas and partner of Round 13 Capital Investment Firm.[16] Croxon departed the series at the end of season 8.[8]
  • David Chilton (Seasons 7–9) is the author of The Wealthy Barber books.[17]
  • Vikram Vij (Season 9), restaurant magnate, celebrity chef, author and entrepreneur.[18]
  • Michael Wekerle (Season 9–12), founder and CEO of Difference Capital.[18]
  • Joe Mimran (Season 10–12), fashion retailer formerly associated with Club Monaco and Joe Fresh.[19]


The skeptic community criticized a twelfth season episode of Dragons' Den for its handling of a wellness company claiming to be able to improve neurological function from a distance. The company, NeuroReset, presented pieces of copper that clip onto the user's clothing and sell for $80. The founders, a golf coach and a chiropractor, claimed that the operating principle of the clips was quantum entanglement. After applying pressure to some of the investors, with and without the clips, the pair convinced five of the six Dragons to buy equity. Manjit Minhas, while not part of the final deal, expressed interest in the product as well. After the taping of the episode, the agreement fell apart in due diligence and Health Canada ruled that three NeuroReset products must be removed from sale. Joe Mimran admitted that he was deceived by the pitch.[20][21]


Season Timeslot (EST) Episodes Season TV Season Average T.V. viewership per week



on Netflix



Rating Dragons
Premiere Finale
1 Wednesdays at 8 pm 8[22] October 3, 2006 November 22, 2006 2006-07 .350000[23] No Treliving, O'Leary, Wood, Lewin, Herjavec
2 Wednesdays at 8 pm 10[24] October 1, 2007 December 3, 2007 2007-08 Decrease.7[25] No Treliving, O'Leary, Dickinson, Lewin, Herjavec
3 Wednesdays at 8 pm 12[26] September 29, 2008 December 15, 2008 2008-09 Increase1.1[27] No Treliving, O'Leary, Dickinson, Wilson, Herjavec
4 Wednesdays at 8 pm 21[28] September 30, 2009 May 30, 2010 2009-10 Increase1.6[29] No Treliving, O'Leary, Dickinson, Wilson, Herjavec
5 Wednesdays at 8 pm 21[30] September 22, 2010 June 11, 2011 2010-11 Decrease2[31] No Treliving, O'Leary, Dickinson, Wilson, Herjavec
6 Wednesdays at 8 pm 22[32] September 14, 2011 June 3, 2012 2011-12 Increase2.5[33] No Treliving, O'Leary, Dickinson, Croxon, Herjavec
7 Wednesdays at 8 pm 20[34] September 19, 2012 April 14, 2013 2012-13 Decrease3.1[35] No Treliving, O'Leary, Dickinson, Croxon, Chilton
8 Wednesdays at 8 pm 20[36] October 2, 2013 April 2, 2014 2013-14 Decrease2.8[37] No Treliving, O'Leary, Dickinson, Croxon, Chilton
9 Wednesdays at 8 pm 20[38] October 15, 2014 April 8, 2015 2014-15 Decrease2.3[39] Yes[40] Treliving, Wekerle, Dickinson, Vij, Chilton
10 Wednesdays at 8 pm 22[41] October 7, 2015[42] April 6, 2016 2015-16 Yes[40] Treliving, Wekerle, Romanow, Minhas, Mimran
11 Wednesdays at 8 pm 20[43] October 5, 2016 March 22, 2017 2016-17 1.4[44] Yes[45] Treliving, Wekerle, Romanow, Minhas, Mimran
12 Thursdays at 8 pm 20[46] September 28, 2017 April 5, 2018 2017-18 Decrease0.519[47] Treliving, Wekerle, Romanow, Dickinson, Minhas, Mimran
13 Thursdays at 8 pm 20[48] September 20, 2018 March 7, 2019 2018-19 8.4/10(tv.com)[49]7.2/10(imbd.com)[50] Treliving, Romanow, Dickinson, Minhas, Merrifield, Guzzo
14 Thursdays at 8 pm 2019-20 Treliving, Romanow, Dickinson, Minhas, Merrifield, Guzzo

Episode description[edit]

Season Episode Description Viewership (millions) Original air date
1 1 A customized gift card business; napping centres; an exercise machine; electricity from tidal power; organic salad dressings and seasonings; a device to tighten kegel muscles. October 3, 2006
2 Optical store for women; self-help mood cards; an energy-saving device for computers; blanket for bath water. October 11, 2006
3 A vending machine that dispenses purified water; all-natural first aid products; web-based job listing site. October 18, 2006
4 A recreational ride for water parks; a new kind of popcorn bag; uniforms for petite women; plus-size lingerie line. October 25, 2006
5 Underwear for men and women; a body brush for the shower; a healthy snack company. November 1, 2006
6 Pet caskets; a bug museum; a haunted house; an amusement park; billboards. November 8, 2006
7 A kegel exerciser; electronic gift cards; a portable barbecue. November 15, 2006
8 The Dragons catch up with some of the most unforgettable entrepreneurs from the first season. November 22, 2006
2 1 An abdominal training system; a tech news Web site; sports trivia books; a banana holder. October 1, 2007
2 Diet and exercise software; helmets for sports fans; telephone-based language lessons; aromatherapy. October 2, 2007
3 A Calgary tea shop; a racy reality series; a weight-loss tent; a lumberjack tries to save marriages one board game at a time. October 15, 2007
4 A line of punk-inspired baby clothes; a device to detect electromagnetic waves; a vacuum for horses; a walking aid. October 22, 2007
5 Indian spices; a small razor; a rifle scope; an online directory for hairstylists; harnessing energy from the gym to help power homes. October 29, 2007
6 Custom-made jeans; homemade dog biscuits; a prosthetic bra; a perforated pizza box; an inflatable skateboard amusement ride. November 5, 2007
7 A trailer to transport show dogs; submersible vehicles; men's briefs; an ID tag for luggage. November 12, 2007
8 A hygienic seat cover and poncho; custom stationary; fruit picking; sweet tomato jam. November 19, 2007
9 Pure spring water; a breakfast cereal bar; a baby carrier for the pool; a snow shovel on wheels; a filing system. November 26, 2007
10 Hydroponic produce; Christmas product ideas; a line of medicinal equine treats. December 3, 2007
3 1 A dog who wants to be famous; a golf shoe sparks a bidding war. September 29, 2008
2 Software for teachers; Roll up the Rim; a Canadian sombrero. October 6, 2008
3 A spicy BBQ sauce; hot dogs; anti-freeze; a system for parking tickets. October 13, 2008
4 Reading aids; a beauty-tainment; a snack business. October 20, 2008
5 An eager entrepreneur in the wine business attempts to impress the dragons. October 27, 2008
6 A former pro wrestler presents a barbell system; a florist attempts to grow his business. November 3, 2008
8 A good night's sleep; Robert makes a sweet offer. November 17, 2008
9 A chilly invention turns up the heat; eco-invention. November 24, 2008
10 Golf tees; musical games; magical numbers; moonshade blinds. December 1, 2008
11 A deli drives back into the Den; a tanning business returns; an entrepreneur from season one; a fast food idea. December 8, 2008
12 The dragons and some of the most memorable entrepreneurs weigh in on what went right and what went wrong in the den. December 15, 2008
4 1 Students strip down; Kevin upgrades a travel website; the dragons get feisty over a business. September 30, 2009
2 Twins present a line of lip gloss; a husband and wife duo; an eco-friendly clothing line. October 7, 2009
3 A dance troupe shakes things up; an entrepreneur begs for cash; a tattoo business; lunchtime. October 14, 2009
4 A casino dealer; a medical marijuana business; cell phone users. October 21, 2009
5 Hopefuls try to turn dough into dollars; Arlene supports a bra business; Elvis impersonators. October 28, 2009
6 A snowboard; an auto repair shop; table hockey. November 4, 2009
7 What some of the most memorable entrepreneurs have been up to since their experience in the Den. November 11, 2009
8 An offer makes fishermen greedy; DJ school; a fitness show for toddlers. November 18, 2009
9 A sparkly swimsuit; a holistic healer; a Website that promotes recycling. November 25, 2009
10 Diamonds made from an unlikely source; an underwear company; a board game. December 2, 2009
11 A winter hat; futuristic living goes up in smoke; a familiar face braves the Den again. December 9, 2009
12 A new tool; a top home designer is willing to put her name on the line. January 6, 2010
13 A sauce business; a spray; a dress that provokes disagreement. January 13, 2010
14 A computer mouse; a helmet for safety and style; a spa business. January 20, 2010
15 A fruit basket; a revealing board game; an organic juice business. January 27, 2010
16 A diaper delivery service; a scale; a boating business; a mailbox pitch. February 3, 2010
17 The Dragons are treated to dessert; a condom that is safe for the environment; a board game. February 10, 2010
18 The dragons go in on a million dollar offer; an eco-friendly business; a harness for puppies. March 3, 2010
19 A rock business fighting the recession; a vodka business dances for dollars. March 10, 2010
20 Defining moments in the lives of the Dragons. March 17, 2010
21 Three of the best, brightest and greenest entrepreneurs present their business ideas. May 30, 2010
5 1 An inflatable toy; a textbook rental service; a waffle business. September 22, 2010
2 The Dragons put in an offer on a group buying website; a brother and sister duo may need to throw out the baby with the bath water. September 29, 2010
3 A little drama helps sell a business; a juice jug that's ready to stir things up; a chair company brings a splash of color. October 6, 2010
4 Germaphobic travelers; innovative bathroom solutions. October 13, 2010
5 A man believes he's got the cure for sleepless doggie nights; a new hand sanitizer business gets slimed; Don Cherry stops by the Den. October 20, 2010
6 Budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to wealthy investors. November 3, 2010
7 A father-son duo; a breakfast cereal feeds a bidding frenzy. November 17, 2010
10 An idea for a new film; a new board game sparks some Dragon cheer; a light storage solution. December 8, 2010
11 Several lucky entrepreneurs from past seasons are given another chance to score a deal. January 5, 2011
12 Dried honey products; a language software. January 19, 2011
13 A new spin on riding a bike to work; laundry detergent that is environment friendly. January 26, 2011
14 An eco-friendly idea; a health conscious couple; a shipping container full of potential; a snappy idea from a mother of five. February 2, 2011
15 A new truck gadget; a stock trade board game; a barbershop with an appealing offer. February 9, 2011
16 A duo begs the Dragons for cash; a takeout food container. February 16, 2011
17 A DVD that will keep golfers playing nice on the green; one size fits all pants; an electric boat. March 2, 2011
18 A pitcher sweats it out when the Dragons turn up the heat; a tasty snack in need of a healthy investment. March 9, 2011
19 A poop and scoop business; eyewear to match your every look; a gadget that will make sure you're never caught speeding again. March 23, 2011
20 A new marketing tool; a mask that keeps the germs away; ethical products. March 30, 2011
21 A new puzzle has the Dragons racing to make an offer; an anti-aging supplement. June 11, 2011
6 1 An all-natural practitioner gets a dose of reality; a coffee company; water idea. September 14, 2011
2 An opera performance; novelty products; cashing in on unwanted gifts. September 21, 2011
3 The Dragons are taught the importance of an easy day; a celebrity chef tries to cook up a deal. September 28, 2011
4 A pet website; an online magazine; the Dragons get carried away by a Bottle Bin. October 5, 2011
5 A fitness ball; a foam saver; men's underwear; a waterless car wash. October 12, 2011
6 A student/stockbroker; a teenage Formula Tour driver; headwear with earphones; students hope the Dragons jump on the note-taking bandwagon. October 26, 2011
7 Smoked meat on wheels; a racy pitch; a housing idea. November 2, 2011
8 A four-legged fashion show; a golf jacket. November 9, 2011
9 A gym; golf; raw food; crutches. November 30, 2011
10 A dual-purpose bag; the value of freedom; a realtor website; a pitcher fights back. December 7, 2011
11 Holiday wrapping; seasonal lights; a holiday treat. December 14, 2011
12 Past pitchers are back for a second chance; men's underwear; helmet wrap; a dog festival; a natural soap. January 11, 2012
13 An exercise aid creates tension; a massage franchise. January 18, 2012
14 A spectator garment hopes for fans; a homegrown idea. January 25, 2012
15 A group puts up barriers in the den; a shakable pancake powder; a specialty clothing line. February 1, 2012
16 Magnets; a small business; a candy company. February 8, 2012
17 Checking in with some of the most memorable entrepreneurs; the Dragons reflect on their deals. February 29, 2012
18 The friend-zone; a nutrient-rich powder; a masculine ski mask; a natural sweetener. March 7, 2012
19 A toilet accessory; a hockey website; an Internet-based shop for every occasion; a clam diver. March 14, 2012
20 Branded phone casings; a water dispenser; a home improvement invention; a hangover cure. March 21, 2012
21 Dianne and the Dragons reflect on the season. April 4, 2012
22 Budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to wealthy investors. June 3, 2012
7 1 Entrepreneurs who were unsuccessful in the past try again to make their businesses work; a niche product draws the Dragons out of their comfort zone. September 19, 2012
2 A distillery business hopes for an investment; a posture perfectionist; a yard work tool; a pitcher takes flight in the den. September 26, 2012
3 The Dragons let loose; a beauty business; a realty business bares all; a breath of fresh air from an apparel company. October 3, 2012
4 Sisters from a small town hope for an investment in their tasty business; the Dragons are invited to a new type of party. October 10, 2012
5 The Dragons enjoy martinis; the gloves are off; a Dragon swing goes out of bounds; school fundraising. October 24, 2012
6 Toe to toe with a young entrepreneur; quiz time; a small entrepreneur with a big heart; a concert. October 31, 2012
7 Cuddling with furry friends; the best burger; an automobile accessory; a fashion show. November 14, 2012
8 A unique exercise; things get dirty; a family business; a memorable market. November 21, 2012
9 A dental emergency from a tasty pitch; a feathered friend; a helmet innovation. November 28, 2012
10 A winter tool attachment; a redesigned holiday classic; a money game; a line of action figures. December 5, 2012
11 A deli drives back into the Den; a tanning business returns; an entrepreneur from season one; a fast food idea. January 6, 2013
12 The Dragons test their fitness skills; a franchise opportunity; the largest ask ever; a Prairie product creates buzz. January 13, 2013
13 The Dragons' receive a performance; up close and personal; a multimillion-dollar valuation; a food topping. January 20, 2013
14 A duo charms with their trinkets; software for children; a paper packing company; an office compost service. January 27, 2013
15 A showerhead invention; a dating site in need of a partner; a chocolate bar; a classic gets a meaty spin. February 10, 2013
16 A baby product prevents a big mess; an energy idea; words of encouragement; a handy entrepreneur. February 17, 2013
17 A snack fit for a king; an artist's body of work; a food entrepreneur; a Guinness World Record holder. March 24, 2013
18 A detox delivery business; an artist with a Disney dream; a golden opportunity; a pepper spray entrepreneur. March 31, 2013
19 A new step for women's footwear; eyeglass entrepreneurs; a bicycle innovation; a ride share business. April 7, 2013
20 A year in the public and private lives of the Dragons and their secrets to success. April 14, 2013
8 1 A brand new den is revealed; a snack company; a denim company; a couple's solution to a problem; a tech company hopes to launch their product. October 2, 2013
2 A tough sword to swallow; a father and daughter's invention; an entrepreneur jumps through hoops; turning wasted food into healthy profits. October 9, 2013
3 The Dragons get flushed; a demonstration is halted; a silent skit causes confusion. October 16, 2013
4 An established business tries to get a deal; a pitcher horses around; a tasty treat; a men's shoe company tries to measure up. October 23, 2013
5 A search for a deal; when it rains, it pours; a family favourite; a team effort. October 30, 2013
6 One of the Dragons gets whipped into shape; a pitcher tries to score a deal; a trip through time; a food pitch stirs up the competition. November 6, 2013
7 The Dragons show off their dance moves; an idea targets a mess; a high-pitched pitch; the Dragons learn that entrepreneurship has no age limits. November 13, 2013
8 An entrepreneur returns in need of a Dragon partner; a natural product; a Dragon is stretched thin; a pair hoping for a smooth ride. November 20, 2013
9 An owner rides circles around the Dragons; a pitch with a lot to digest; a business has its customers drooling; a promise to keep the Dragons from running on empty. December 4, 2013
10 A festive fashion faux pas; a pitcher has the whole package; a frosty invention; a pitcher tries to keep the Dragons' interest. December 11, 2013
11 Elvis is back in the building; a fitness enthusiast returns; a thirsty pitcher wants a second chance; brothers who are willing to bet the farm. January 8, 2014
12 A pitcher has sun protection covered; a connection to the earth; business partners hope a deal will help their business explode. January 15, 2014
13 A pitcher hopes to bag a deal; a pitch leaves a lasting impression; a couple looks for EZ money; two partners hope to have a recipe for success. January 22, 2014
14 A pair of business partners try to sweet-talk the Dragons; a kayak company; a couple prays for a successful pitch; four friends with their own brew. January 29, 2014
15 An inventor puts the Dragons in the hot seat; a couple tries to nurse a deal; an entrepreneur tries to flip the Dragons; an idea gets the Dragons rolling in money. February 26, 2014
16 A pitch puts the Dragons on the edge of their seats; a farming family; business partners hope they can arouse some interest; one man's trash is another man's treasure. March 5, 2014
17 A Bollywood-inspired business idea; a solution for sagging pants; an entrepreneur's flavourful pitch. March 12, 2014
18 An idea to take the sting out of summer; the Dragons nearly get put to sleep; friends hope for a smooth experience. March 19, 2014
19 The Dragons are challenged to man-up; a lasting impression; the Dragons take a bite out of a family business. March 26, 2014
20 The Dragons visit some unforgettable pitchers, some who landed deals, some that got rejected or some who say the Dragons got it wrong. April 2, 2014
9 1 A married couple try to get a rise out of the Dragons; an entrepreneur hopes that he's got enough material; a major solution to a minor problem. October 15, 2014
2 A new Dragon tightens his wallet; hopefuls give an athletic pitch; siblings try to yodel their way to a deal; a product the Dragons can sink their teeth into. October 22, 2014
3 An entrepreneur with a cheeky business; a product with a cheesy pitch; an established entrepreneur has a pitch for the Dragons. October 29, 2014
4 The Dragons' must choose fantasy or reality; an entrepreneur tries to swipe a deal; a duo tries to ice their opponents; the Dragons are humbled. November 5, 2014
5 A couple believe they have the magic touch; two business majors have an international idea; the youngest hopeful ever has a lunch-break idea; four brothers teach the Dragons. November 12, 2014
6 The mood in the Den gets amplified; an entrepreneur hopes to paint a greener future; a family hopes to cook up a deal; a multimillion-dollar request. November 19, 2014
7 A chic entrepreneur heats things up; a romantic pitch; a handy entrepreneur presents his idea; a business gets some professional help. November 26, 2014
8 An entrepreneur challenges convention; a snowboarder tries to keep his cool; a business gets everything on their wish list; an inventor hopes his product will drive sales. December 3, 2014
9 Two return hoping their new line is a perfect fit; a couple return with a new product; an entrepreneur hopes the third time is the charm; a successful entrepreneur returns for an even bigger deal. January 7, 2015
10 An entrepreneur hopes a game of catch will score a deal; a hero swoops into the Den; an entrepreneur presents the fruits of her labour; a team hopes for a second chance. January 14, 2015
11 A musical entrepreneur tries to score a deal; a store owner lays it all on the table; a pair hope to ice out big industry players; business partners pitch their truly Canadian beverage. January 21, 2015
12 The Dragons compete over a protective product; an entrepreneur bares it all; an eco-friendly solution to a monthly problem; athletes hope the Dragons will join their team. January 28, 2015
13 An entrepreneur believes he can be an industry ringleader; a flashy product burns a Dragon; a product with an outlawed origin; a green product has the Dragons seeing red. February 4, 2015
14 A family has a twist on tradition; cousins ride into the Den with bells on; a business has a tropical solution; a family's inspirational story. February 11, 2015
15 A legendary creature appears in the Den; the Dragons are on edge over an adventurous business model; a wild opportunity presents itself; a delivery business offers its pitch. February 18, 2015
16 Business partners demonstrate how they'll wipe away the competition; an entrepreneur explains his strategy; a family is confident in their product; a business tries to prove they can become an industry leader. March 4, 2015
17 Three friends hope to toast to a deal; two nurses hope the Dragons want in; an entrepreneur sticks out her neck; a CEO looks for some seed money. March 11, 2015
18 A company asks for a shot; an entrepreneur presents his product; an entrepreneur has a bitter story; a couple believe they have a solution to a hot problem. March 18, 2015
19 A company tries to scare the Dragons into a deal; an entrepreneur has a cap-in-hand presentation. April 1, 2015
20 Celebrating the biggest deals of the season; the Dragons share their success secrets. April 8, 2015
10 1 Three new Dragons enter the Den; a product gets the Dragons thirsty for a deal; a business bares it all; two brothers pitch to the Dragons. October 7, 2015
2 The Dragons get help from a furry friend; a family's twist on a traditional treat; a graphic artist pitches her business; the Dragons decide if a product sinks or swims. October 14, 2015
3 A product sparks a bidding war after warming the dragons' hearts; a dragon's gaming skills are put to the test; an entrepreneur hopes the dragons won't chicken out; a business looks to inspire a bionic deal. October 28, 2015
4 A company hopes to win a deal; an entrepreneur is put on ice; a farmer serves a taste of her bubbly business. November 4, 2015
5 A company hopes the Dragons will toast to a deal; an entrepreneur peels back the layers of her business. November 11, 2015
6 A university student tries to spin a deal; two guests help a student school the dragons; business partners don't want to be left in the dark; siblings turn up the heat and teach the dragons not to underestimate students. November 18, 2015
7 An artist hopes to sing his way into the dragons' hearts; partners present an enlightening demonstration; a trio must make a decision before an offer melts; business partners hope to team up with a dragon. November 25, 2015
8 A food chain offers a twist on a Canadian classic; two friends hope a contest will score them a deal; a father and son aim to land a partner; a boxer tries to get a Dragon on his team. December 2, 2015
9 An entrepreneur discovers which Dragons are naughty or nice; brothers want to warm up cool attitudes; a company has special gifts for the Dragons. December 9, 2015
10 An entrepreneur gets back on the horse; a returning company thinks it can break a sweat in an out-of-shape market; a man brings his business back to the table; a team returns with a hardy opportunity. January 6, 2016
11 The Dragons battle it out; two parents try to woo the Dragons; a food chain offers a tasty proposition; an entrepreneur with a soothing solution. January 13, 2016
12 An entrepreneur has some slick moves; the Dragons are panicked after a puzzling pitch; a business plan with a few kinks; a company returns in the hopes of scoring a home run. January 20, 2016
13 An entrepreneur hopes the Dragons will roll the dice; an inventor returns for an investment; a tourism company; a techpreneur gets a virtual-reality check. January 27, 2016
14 An entrepreneur hopes the Dragons will float her some cash; a paint innovator hopes for a smooth finish; the Den gets dressed up; a former hockey player hopes to score big. February 3, 2016
15 A company's past is more than relative; a husband and wife present their products; sisters present their fashion line; a family's food concept presents the Dragons with a cut of the business. February 10, 2016
16 Updates on past pitchers who are putting their investments to good use and fan favorites. February 24, 2016
17 A fresh idea is presented to the Dragons; the Dragons share their opinions with a trio; a DNA-based business; an active pitch breaks down barriers. March 2, 2016
18 Brothers hope for a long-term partner for their short-term product; a curious fashion show; a family presents a durable demo; a beauty product's secret ingredient is revealed. March 9, 2016
19 A sports-themed company is ready to lay it all on the table; an inventor presents his prototype; a pair of entrepreneurs present a solution for a pesky problem. March 16, 2016
20 Businesses compete against one another and the Dragons decide which will continue their pitch. March 23, 2016
21 The Dragons see a colourful pitch; a business hopes to grow organically; a pet business tries to get a clean deal; a fitness pitch has the Dragons sweating. March 30, 2016
22 Past and present Dragons share their favourite memories; looking back at the past 10 years of inspiring pitches by Canadian small businesses. April 6, 2016
11 1 A business hopes to leave the Dragons hungry for more; a product works to remove the stink in the Den; a family business hopes for a deal; a financial education platform needs serious interest from the Dragons. October 5, 2016
2 An entrepreneur breaks down more than just numbers; a designer hopes for a perfect pitch; a family with rich history hopes to get the Dragons seeing dollars; the Dragons receive a tasty proposition. October 12, 2016
3 Hockey dads think their product can go head-to-head against the competition; a company aims to flip the switch on the DIY market; the Dragons believe a business model is a stroke of genius; a green product has the Dragons seeing red. October 19, 2016
4 Hockey dads think their product can go head-to-head against the competition; a company aims to flip the switch on the DIY market; the Dragons believe a business model is a stroke of genius; a green product has the Dragons seeing red. October 26, 2016
5 A fitness company tests the Dragons; a request brews up some objections; an entrepreneur hopes for an organic partnership; a longtime business needs the Dragons' help before it slips through the cracks. November 2, 2016
6 A fitness company tests the Dragons; a request brews up some objections; an entrepreneur hopes for an organic partnership; a longtime business needs the Dragons' help before it slips through the cracks. November 16, 2016
7 A clothing business proves that less isn't more; the Dragons' tempers short-circuit; serving a mouth-watering meal in the Den; an entrepreneur believes that he can get the Dragons on the same wavelength. November 23, 2016
8 Tensions rise when a company turns up the volume; an entrepreneur presents a sweet deal; the Dragons question a company's projections; a husband and wife duo believe adding a Dragon to their group will wash away the competition. November 30, 2016
9 A family decks the halls with a hot offer; two entrepreneurs have a festive presentation; a couple returns with high hopes. December 7, 2016
10 A fantasy face-off has everyone up in arms; a trio returns thirsty for a deal; a re-evaluation gets the Dragons to weigh their odds; a family hopes to get a second deal. January 11, 2017
11 The Dragons share the origins of their success and reflect on their careers. January 18, 2017
12 A company hopes some furry friends will help it catch a deal; an entrepreneur is caught flat-footed; a salesman tries to wheel and deal; a business hopes to get the green light from the Dragons. January 25, 2017
13 A student entrepreneur believes her business is a class above the rest; a duo teaches the Dragons that age isn't an obstacle; a trio presents an easier way to purchase feminine essentials; a young entrepreneur is in high spirits when presenting his knowledge. February 1, 2017
14 First generation Canadians share their stories; a family presents a new breakfast item; a married couple present the Dragons with a taste of their culture; a mobile service offers smiles from ear to ear. February 8, 2017
15 Siblings try to secure a clean deal; a business offers a twist on a classic condiment; a father and son duo hopes to turn their virtual dream into a reality; a family hopes to prove that their business is in top shape. February 15, 2017
16 A business promises its proposal won't be hard to swallow; a hockey fan hopes to score; entrepreneurs present a new invention; an entrepreneur hopes her app will fill a health industry gap. February 22, 2017
17 A fresh idea is presented to the Dragons; the Dragons share their opinions with a trio; a DNA-based business; an active pitch breaks down barriers. March 1, 2017
18 Brothers hope for a long-term partner for their short-term product; a curious fashion show; a family presents a durable demo; a beauty product's secret ingredient is revealed. March 8, 2017
19 A sports-themed company is ready to lay it all on the table; an inventor presents his prototype; a pair of entrepreneurs present a solution for a pesky problem. March 15, 2017
20 Businesses compete against one another and the Dragons decide which will continue their pitch. March 22, 2017
12 1 This two-hour special features ten Canadian businesses hoping to score a deal with the Dragons September 28, 2017
2 A company thinks rt will be barking up the right tree with the help of a few celebrity endorsements, a trampoline studio seeks a strategic partner, and more, October 5, 2017
3 A strong couple powers their way through their pitch, Inds gear up to bring safety to the Den and much more, October 12, 2017
4 A tween author publishes an inspiring future, Waterloo students pitch their innovative health product which makes the Dragons skip a beat, and more, October 19, 2017
5 A couple of business partners pop the question to the Dragons, a brilliant inventor impresses the Den with his big idea, and more! October 26, 2017
6 A guitarist plans to sync the right Dragon to rock on a deal, a company thinks the Dragons will fall in love with their product after they sleep on it, and more, November 2, 2017
7 The Den honours Canadian heroes in the Heroes Special November 9, 2017
8 An entrepreneur hopes to extinguish Dragon doubt over his product, a sneakerhead wants to prove that his company is the perfect fit for a Dragon investment and more, November 16, 2017
9 Why Didn't I Think of That? The Dragons get an eye-opening glimpse at innovations in Canada and what it takes to turn a good idea into a great business. November 23, 2017
10 An art dealer reveals his custom royalty peg... the Dragons, an ice cream lover shows the Dragons how to roll, and more, November 30, 2017
11 Holiday-themed businesses face the Dragons with great gift, stocking staffers and some shocking proposals—all with hopes of getting the Dragons to channel their inner Santa December 7, 2017
12 In this second chance special, a circus troupe leaves the Dragons in awe, a successful father and daughter duo think their new product shall stick, and more, January 11, 2018
13 Sparks fly in the Den over whether one business is as bright as some Dragons may think, a flashy demonstration aims to get the Dragons off their feet, and more, January 18, 2018
14 A trio of brothers makes more than just a splash in the Den, the Dragons get charged up over an attractive investment opportunity, and more, January 25, 2018
15 A father-son team looks to drive their concept home by playing it safe, a family business hopes the Dragons won't send them packing, and more, February 1, 2018
16 Paul Sun-linking Lee, guest-hosts a new special episode that welcomes back some of the most unforgettable pitchers from the last 12 seasons March 1, 2018
17 An auto enthusiast hopes to drive away with a deal, a fitness enthusiast saw her energetic demo will help the Dragons get a grip and more, March 8, 2018
18 An entrepreneur ndes into the Den thirsty for an investment, a group of students hope the Dragons turn their virtual dream into a reality, and more, March 15, 2018
19 Taekwondo athletes enter the Den fighting, a financially-fit duo hope to prove they can make every cent count, and more, March 29, 2018
20 A thirst-quenching proposal has the Dragons energized for a deal, a volcano owner goes up against Dragon fire, and much more, April 5, 2018
13 1 In the season premiere, two new Dragons bring their expertise to the panel. September 20, 2018
2 A gym owner seeks a strategic partner to row his business to the top, a duo seeks investment for a paper product they hope the Dragons will eat up, and much more, September 27, 2018
3 An inventive mother looks to show the Dragons she doesn't make rash decisions, a company hopes the Dragons can stomach their business proposal, and more! October 4, 2018
4 For the first time ever, Dragons' Den pulls back the curtain to reveal the exciting inner workings of Canada's favourite business show. October 11, 2018
5 Are We Dragons are ready to cash in on Canada, newest cash crops October 18, 2018
6 A duo hopes they add isn't off key, a caffeine product needs a Dragon boost, and much more, October 25, 2018
7 An entrepreneur reveals the 'tooth' about dental hygiene, a theatrical team aims to be the highlight of We show and more! November 1, 2018
8 A table-top discussion sparks Dragon competition, pet enthusiasts hope to bark up the right money tree and more! November 8, 2018
9 From the tech world to the oil rigs, the side hustle entrepreneurs leave behind their day jobs to show the Dragons they have the skills to make their passion a full time pursuit November 15, 2018
10 A team of entrepreneurs hopes the Dragons sell gush over their business, a group of friends look to transform the furniture industry and more' November 22, 2018
11 Our entrepreneurs aim to win over the Dragons' inner Scrooge with their winter themed gear, meals, and stocking stutters. November 29, 2019
12 In this Student Special, the Dragons are about to get schooled as students give them a lesson in their business ideas. January 10, 2019
13 A trio hopes to get some Dragon bucks for their take on a tux, an entrepreneur looks to continue his cycle of success, and more! January 17, 2019
14 A team of estheticians create a hairy situation in the Den, a hockey coach reveals a game-changing invention, and more! January 24, 2019
15 A couple is taking baby steps towards growing their prototype into a big business, an elertrician thinks that a Dragon partner would fit his business like a glove, and more! January 31, 2019
16 A team of triathletes hopes their pitch doesn't leave them hearing crickets, an inventor aims to plant the seed for an investment, and more! February 7, 2019
17 The Dragons are fired up and looking for passionate pitchers and proposals, hoping to make the perfect partnership in the Den. February 14, 2019
18 With support from they loved ones behind the scenes, will these companies expand their family tree to include a Dragon? February 21, 2019
19 A furniture company wants to avoid getting drilled by the Dragons, a yoga instructor hopes to bring some zen into the Den with some furry friends, and more! February 28, 2019
20 Proven entrepreneurs need Dragon dollars to take them to the next level. March 7, 2019


  • On June 13, 2011, Dragons' Den was named best reality program at the Banff World Television Festival.[51]
  • Canadian Screen Award for Best Reality/Competition Program or Series[52]
  • Gemini Award for Best Reality Program or Series[53]


Two spinoff shows featuring Dragons on their own have been created, Redemption Inc. with Kevin O'Leary, and, The Big Decision with Arlene Dickinson & Jim Treliving.


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