Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Everdale, Growing, Mushroom, Spawn, Sustainable, Workshop
On Sunday April 18th, the guys from My CO Source conducted the most amazing Mushroom Growing Workshop at Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre.
I can safely say that the best thing about this workshop was the hands on experience in log inoculation with spawn plugs. Look forward to hearing comments from the other attendees!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Business, Canada, David Miller, Dragons Den, Pitching, toronto, Workshop
On March 10th, 2010, I had the chance to attend an exclusive information session held by Dragons’ Den, in association with Enterprise Toronto, that provided tips and tricks on how you can pitch your business.
Dragons’ Den was first broadcast in Canada on CBC Television on 3 October 2006 and attracted over 1.32 million viewers for the full debut episode of the fourth season, watching aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to the Dragons. In this clip, Mayor David Miller of Toronto makes a surprise appearance and endorses one of the pitched products “DigIt” Gardening gloves which protect fancy fingernails when getting down and dirty in the garden. The interesting thing about this product is that Kevin O Leary, one of the fiercest dragons in The Den, took a particular liking to this product and has been promoting it personally through As Seen on TV spots etcetera. Just goes to show that anythings possible. The show is hosted by Dianne Buckner who can be seen at the end of this clip:
Lessons I learned from the Den?
When pitching your idea make sure you have a hook that appeals to the emotions of people. Numbers will eventually come in later.
Know your numbers. Get help on a valuation and make sure the figures can be checked and proven.
Price high so that you have enough motivation to follow through with your business. You can always reduce prices but raising them is not as easy.
Partnerships are like marriages. You have to make sure your skills compliment each other, and make sure you bring everything on the table from the get go.