Friday, January 27, 2017

Queen Boss // The Show Seeking to Discover the Next Big Female Entrepreneur

I'll never forget the very first time I watched The Dragon's Den, the British version of Shark's Tank.  The program invites new & upcoming entrepreneurs to pitch their business to potential investors for funding.  To me, this show was pure gold.  As someone who desired to launch my own business, seeing this on TV felt like a dream come true.

I've learned so much from watching countless seasons of both Dragon's Den & Shark's Tank.  Not only did it provide loads of inspiration, I also received real insights into the thought process of successful entrepreneurs.  Every time the Sharks/Dragons challenged an entrepreneur with tough questions, I did a little self-reflection.  I absolutely attribute some of my success to what I've learned from the passionate pitches and subsequent questions from the investors.

You can imagine my excitement when I found out that Centric TV was launching a similar show featuring black women entrepreneurs.

Queen Boss is hosted by Tracey Edmonds and features celebrity "Boss Lady" judges including Vanessa Simmons, Carol Price, Kandi Burruss and others.  Unlike the flagship entrepreneur shows, Queen Boss is set in a competition style format where contestants are either eliminated or moved on to subsequent rounds.  Round 2 features a business challenge where the women compete against each other.  The business challenges are reminiscent of the type of tasks you'll see on Celebrity Apprentice.

In the end, one lucky entrepreneur will be the recipient of  $25,000 to fund her brand.

If you have grandeurs of one day launching your own business, you need to check out this show.  I've been introduced to quite a few unique products by watching Shark's Tank. I'm hoping to find even more amazing businesses to support.   At the very least, it's nice to see African American women businesses showcased in a positive format.
  1. I love that the judges on this show are a reminder that contrary to what the media may portray, there are several black women entrepreneurs for young brown girls to look up to. Lauren Lake has always been such an inspiration to me. She has had so many different successful career changes and that gives me confidence to explore all of my very different dreams.

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