BNN's Amber Kanwar and Canadian disruptor and entrepreneur Bruce Croxon co-host program that spotlights the Canadian digital innovators disrupting industries and changing lives.
Airing Thursdays at 8:30 pm ET beginning April 16th, BNN's all-new, original series 'The Disrupters' traces the most exciting international business news and trends from incubators and venture capitalists, to young entrepreneurs and CEOs of some of the most innovative companies in the world, offering expert analysis and advice to smaller Canadian companies looking to scale up fast.
With a flood of innovative Canadian companies set to go public this year, the next vanguards of our economic growth are popping up everywhere. These are the companies that see and exploit inefficiencies, disrupt the large and lazy and can keep future generations competitive. But few of them will make it to the public markets or the “big exit” without a lot of luck and a lot of help.
Each week, the duo analyzes pitches from the hottest prospects, offering a frank assessment of whether they stand a chance of becoming the next Uber, Airbnb, or Facebook. Hard-nosed, scoop-loving business reporter Kanwar believes innovation has its place, but it better be profitable. Croxon mostly agrees, but the digital disciple also believes no profitable company is safe from the next disruption. When they aren’t facing off from their distinctive corners, Croxon and Kanwar speak to leading CEOs of Canadian and international companies who share their own success stories, along with their thoughts on the risks faced by start-ups fighting for traction.
"The Disrupters offers a fast-paced review and in-depth analysis of how innovative businesses evolve and what it means for investors, consumers, and the economy," said Grant Ellis, General Manager, BNN. "We are delighted to offer a new program that explores the latest successes, trends, pitfalls, and lessons of the most innovative thinkers in the high tech space."
Long before social networking became an underpinning of modern society, Croxon was making his mark as a digital pioneer, co-founding the dating website Lavalife in 1987 and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up from four to 600 employees into the marquee brand of online dating with more than 200 million users and nearly $100 million in revenue. Since then, Croxon has earned success as an investor and advisor in early-stage companies in the technology and hospital sectors. A familiar face to Canadian viewers, Croxon was a judge on the hit television program Dragon's Den from 2011 to 2014. His latest endeavor is as principal in Round 13 Capital, a firm investing in the Canadian high tech field looking to find and create the next wave.
"We are in the middle of the biggest evolution since the internet started to be commercialized in the mid-1990s,” said Croxon. “As a business operator and investor who got good at recognizing what technology can do, I look forward to bringing that perspective to the rapidly evolving technology innovation space, to help separate the practical from wishful thinking."
Behind the story pitch that resulted in the creation of 'The Disrupters', BNN’s Kanwar specializes in equity markets and is constantly digging for stocks flying under the radar, trends that are about to emerge, and curating research to make it accessible to viewers. Kanwar has interviewed CEOs from across the C-Suite, and brings the day’s biggest business stories to viewers on BNN, CP24 and CTV News Channel.
'The Disrupters' is produced by BNN, with additional research provided by BetaKit, the nation’s foremost source for Canadian start-up news and tech innovation.