An Exciting New Reality TV Series coming to APTN this Fall.
Follow the journeys of 18 Indigenous Entrepreneurs from across the nation as they pitch their plans to ‘The Bears’ – our panel of Indigenous business moguls – and Guest Judges to try and earn their share of $160,000 in available prize money.
Season 1 Episode Guide
Episode 1 – September 11
The season opener introduces the first 3 of 18 Indigenous entrepreneurs pitching to our panel of Indigenous business experts ‘The Bears’ and Guest Judges to try to earn $10,000 and the chance to advance to the finals to compete for the $100,000 grand prize.”
Episode 2 – September 18
On today’s episode, we learn from three inspiring Indigenous businesswomen who succeed in finding ways to balance the need to uphold protocols and protect Indigenous Knowledge with opportunities to share their wealth of traditional teachings with the world.
Episode 3 – September 25
Three Indigenous entrepreneur competitors are creating quite a stir and tempting tastebuds on Bears’ Lair with their businesses creating custom cake designs, micro-brew bespoke beverages and unique line of traditionally-inspired seasonings and bitters.
Episode 4 – October 2
Three diverse Indigenous innovators impress the Bears and Guest Judge Teara Fraser, an innovator in the aerospace industry, by designing new products and technologies to tackle challenges in health and safety, baby care and food security and sovereignty.
Episode 5 – October 9
This Contemporary Culture episode of Bears’ Lair showcases Indigenous entrepreneurs who strengthen bodies with a touch of culture – meet the owner of Canada’s first accredited body art college, a Cree personal trainer and sisters creating self-care products.
Episode 6 – October 16
Today’s episode of Bears’ Lair features inspiring Indigenous Youth entrepreneurs creating unique products and a bright future. Which of these three youth-led companies from the prairies will advance to the semi-finals?
The Bears are experts in business and economic development, media, resource management, and supply chain development. They’re all recognized for their work to increase Indigenous inclusion by paving the path for others to launch, grow, and sustain successful businesses.
Shíshálh / Sechelt Nation, BC
Nipissing Nation, ON
Mikisew Cree Nation, AB