KCB Lions’ Den is a show that allows local start-ups to pitch their business ideas to top investors, the Lions, to seek financing and mentorship in exchange of stake in their companies, effectively helping them catapult their enterprises to the next level.

It is in line with KCB Group 2jiajiri initiative that seeks to create job opportunities for the youth as well as upskill them for self-employment while at the same time provide training, funding, market place and mentorship for future entrepreneurs.

The initiative aims at empowering 10,000 youth every year to start small businesses for the next five years, which is projected to create 50,000 direct jobs and at least 250,000 indirect jobs during the period. KCB Lion’s Den is the Kenyan version of popular worldwide business format Dragons Den/Shark Tank!

Kenya’s most daring entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to step into the den to convince the Lions that their business is worth investing in and offer a share of their company in return.

The Lions have pledged millions of shillings of their own personal wealth towards investing in ground-breaking ideas through Lions’ Den, powered by KCB Bank, the largest commercial bank in East Africa.

But beware, it takes more than passion to convince these boardroom giants that an idea is worth their attention, and if the entrepreneurs disappoint or anger the Lions, they will walk away with nothing.

All participants are welcome aged 18 and over, with solid business ideas. Show the producers that you have what it takes to pitch in the Den.

To get your business on Lions’ Den, you must fill out the application.

Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online on https://bankika.co.ke or to pick up an application form from your local KCB branch.

Apply now for your opportunity to pitch your business to the Lions!

KCB Lions’ Den: Rules of the Game

With every game comes a rulebook. Go through each of these rules to see what makes a player worthy of being a contestant and what contestants are expected to find in Lion’s den.

  • Entrepreneurs must be aged 18 and over
  • Entrepreneurs must fill in the application form and consent to the terms and conditions
  • Lions will invest their own money
  • Entrepreneurs will have three uninterrupted minutes to pitch their idea
  • Entrepreneurs must state how much investment they are looking for and what percentage of equity in their business they will offer the Lions in return
  • Lions will be given the time they need (not exceeding 1 hour) to ask the entrepreneur further questions about the business and decide whether or not they want to invest.
  • Entrepreneurs must secure the full investment asked for or they leave empty-handed
  • Visual aids are permitted for the pitch after prior inspection and approval by the production team
  • Lions who are not interested in investing must declare themselves out and cannot re-enter negotiations
  • Lions cannot confer but can enter into joint deals
  • Entrepreneurs can call on an advocate to help them with e.g. financial or marketing issues
  • Entrepreneurs must have the authority, if shares/joint ownership and a partner not present, to negotiate on equity
  • Entrepreneurs cannot bring crib sheets, prompts re financial questions but can bring proof of e.g. patents and granted an order.
  • Entrepreneurs can refuse offers
  • Lions must not contact contributors directly afterward if they have turned them down in the Den.
  • Deals struck during the program are between the respective Lions and entrepreneurs and subject to contract. NTV, QBF and KCB Bank are not a party to such deals.

Do not enter the den unprepared. Lions can smell opportunity just as much as fear and failure.

You think you have what it takes to get into the den?

It’s time to polish up your pitches and get ready to be part of Lions’ Den!

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