Two local entrepreneurs are driving to Toronto next month to appear on the CBC television show, Dragons’ Den.
Julieta Miranda and Josh Kalhofer, owners of Kid Drop Inc, are making their pitch to the Dragons’ in May.
Miranda says her hope is to find a strategic partner who believes in Kid Drop and is willing to take a chance on them. While she says she’s not afraid of any of the Dragons, she is nervous about public speaking.
“We are recording on May 10th and the show will air on Season 18 of Dragons’ Den,” says Kid Drop Inc. co-owner Julieta Miranda.
“We don’t know when or if we will make it on the air., that is out of our control.”
Miranda and Kalhofer’s journey to the Den began with an email from RBC Futurepenures, a Royal Bank of Canada program for entrepreneurs. The email informed them that Dragons’ Den was accepting applications for auditions.
“That Saturday we worked on the application. Monday morning Dragons’ Den emailed inviting us to audition,” says Miranda.
“We auditioned on Thursday and a week later the producer called inviting us on the show. It all happened so fast.”
Kid Drop Inc. opened for business on November 26, 2019. The child transportation company began with a single van and an innovative idea. Today, the company boasts a fleet of seven vans and nearly a dozen employees.
The company plans to expand into Grand Prairie later this spring.
Dragons’ Den is a CBC program where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of wealthy investors, known as “dragons,” in hopes of securing funding and mentorship. The dragons ask questions and negotiate deals, often leading to dramatic moments and successful partnerships.