W. Brett Wilson goes from the Dragons Den to Risky Business

Last month Techvibes reported the sudden departure of W. Brett Wilson from CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Wilson announced, through a post on his website, that he was leaving the show to focus on new business ventures as well as philanthropic efforts.

At the time Wilson challenged both CBC and the Dragons to take encouraging Canadian entrepreneurship to another level and to constructively criticize, guide and sometimes finance the pitchers venturing into the Den.

Wilson also hinted at starting his own show to celebrate Canadian generosity through philanthropy and indicated he will continue to step-up his own work to raise money for Canadians in need.

Today Wilson announced that he will be hosting Risky Business a new series where people risk their life savings to make their investment dreams come true.

The 13 episode, 30-minute series is slated to premiere on Slice in Fall 2011. The series is currently casting for novice investors, ranging from friends and family duos to married and unmarried couples, who are interested in making big money in new ways. It is also casting for entrepreneurs offering unique high-risk, high-reward investment opportunities.

In each episode of Risky Business, Brett will give the daring couple a chance to risk big and win big. As host, he will guide the investors as they choose between pitches made by two different entrepreneurs, each looking for capital and offering a big return. The options will be unusual – such as investing in undervalued vintage wine labels or betting it all on a high stakes one-night-only event. The duo will stake their life savings on one investment, and Brett will invest in the other.  It isn’t until the end of the episode that it is revealed how each investment performed.  Will the risk-taking couple win big or lose it all?  Do they out perform Brett?  Or does Brett prove he can make money just about anywhere?

Congrats to Shaw Media on landing one of Canada’s iconic entrepreneurs and philanthropists for their new series.