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This week, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) launched a new show that champions Indigenous aspiring business owners.
In the style of Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank, Bears’ Lair sees a panel of Indigenous business moguls listen to 18 pitches from Canadian entrepreneurs with up to $180,000 on the line.
There are four ‘Bears,’ several guest judges, and contestant coaches working with the entrepreneurs to help them develop their pitches and hone their public speaking skills before they’re put on the spot. The show also continues to help contestants after their respective episodes, offering ongoing mentorship and resources which include webinars, online courses, and technological tools.
The business ideas range from custom-designed cakes to personal care products, technology, and solutions to health and safety challenges.
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