Fortune Hunters

This fast-paced business series looks at “trends” — the powerful shifts in human behaviour and in economic activity that define the 21st century — through the lens of moneymaking. Each episode, meet entrepreneurs who are hunting their fortune by creating companies and trying to cash in on popular trends.
Hosted by Dianne Buckner of Dragons’ Den, Fortune Hunters also includes candid conversations with business experts on the latest trends.

Episodes

Fortune Hunters Boomerism: Business Targets Retirees

Boomers are that ubiquitous group of babies born between 1947 and 1966. They're Canada's biggest demographic and they control even bigger bucks! And while some of them are getting ready to retire, they aren't your average blue-haired shuffleboard enthusiasts. They're active, web-savvy and willing to spend! Smart entrepreneurs can cash in on catering to new boomer needs. Former North American ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Easy Meals: The Ready-To-Eat Trend

With Canadians working longer hours than ever, many people are just too busy to cook but still want a home-cooked meal. Combine that with an increased focus on health and nutrition and you've got a hot market full of new companies offering options in the "ready-to-eat" category. From Dartmouth, NS, Greg and Paulette Dunn are running their meal assembly kitchen, ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Eco-preneurs: Business Goes Green

Episode 1 of Fortune Hunters, the cutting-edge new business series focused on "trends" — the powerful shifts in human behaviour and in economic activity that define today’s world. Ever since Al Gore sounded the alarm bell, people are refocusing on the crisis of climate change. Smart entrepreneurs know that more and more, consumers are willing to pay to help clear their ...
  • 2008
  • 00:20:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Exotic Foods: The Business Behind Global Tastes

Meat and potatoes no more. Nowadays it's samosas, tzatziki, and szechwan! As North America has become more ethnically diverse, so have our palates. And with Canadians traveling the world more than ever, we're coming home hungry for new-found flavours. Call it gastronomic globalization! Big companies are taking aim at the exotic trend: Pringles now offers Thai sweet chili flavour and ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Franchise Fantasies

There are over 76,000 franchised locations in Canada and the franchising industry provides over one million jobs in the Canadian economy. But just how easy is it to franchise your own business concept across the country? Ontario’s Glen Kowarsky wants to franchise his successful dog care concept. ‘Dogs at Camp’ is the perfect spot for pet owners who want their ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Mompreneurs: Mothers with Newborn Businesses

Mompreneurs are a feisty new breed of female entrepreneurs who started their own businesses after being inspired by their experiences with motherhood. Find out how starting their own business is giving moms the flexibility they want! Toronto’s Darlene Martin wants to expand bijouxbead, her line of hand crafted designer necklaces, earrings and bracelets. She’s invested thousands into the line, but ...
  • 2008
  • 00:23:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Online Business Trends

Episode 2 of CBC's exciting new series on business trends looks at the resurgence of online money-making. After the ’90s dot-com bubble burst, the web was a dangerous place to invest. But online business is on the rise again, inspiring thousands of inventive entrepreneurs. But just how easy is it to find a fortune on the web? As people all ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Organic Entrepreneurs: Competing with Corporate Giants

Organic food used to be reserved for hippies and "health nuts." But now major food companies are clamoring to create organic products and the "eat local" phenomenon is growing quickly. But what does "organic" really mean? And what does it take to hunt and find a fortune in this industry? After some serious success with her all-organic baby food line, ...
  • 2008
  • 00:23:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Perfect Health: Hot Trend, Tough Market

There are so many ways to sell health. Private clinics, fitness classes, vitamins, supplements, special foods and drinks and clothing — even health trips! Everybody wants to live long, active lives and they’ll spend good money to increase their chance to do that! In Vancouver, entrepreneur Michael Bentley is selling SierraSil, a mineral supplement promising improved mobility. In Dartmouth, Marc ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Raging Renos: The Home Improvement Trend

This episode nails down the fast-moving trend of home improvement and introduces millionaires and mavericks in this wildly successful niche. Since 1999, when interest rates dropped and real estate prices started to climb, people have been improving as much as they can afford. And many others have seen a business opportunity in helping homeowners upgrade. Fortune Hunters profiles three Canadian ...
  • 2008
  • 00:20:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013