Investors return for Final Pitch season 4

Gil Villa - The Philippine Star
Investors return for Final Pitch season 4
The Final Pitch producer and host John Aguilar (extreme left) welcomes back returning investor-judges (from left) Baskin-Robbins Philippines president and CEO Michael Dargani, Mega Global Corporation CEO and founder William Tiu Lim, MFT Group of Companies CEO Mica Tan and Tagcash Ltd. founder Mark Vernon

MANILA, Philippines — Repeat clients can only be the result of good service provided. Same with investors betting again their pot of gold on the same dealer’s table. There must have been some great play that went well that it earned their nods for another crack.

This air of confidence obviously holds true for returning investor-judges in the latest season of The Final Pitch, the country’s first business reality TV show. Producer-host John Aguilar takes pride in the fact that the show has proven its worthiness in today’s celebrity-fueled business community.

Previous seasons’ investor-judges are returning to the show with an even more relaxed demeanor in front of the camera. This group includes CEO and founder of Mega Global Corporation William Tiu Lim, co-founding owner of Philippines AirAsia and Rep. Mikee Romero, blockchain evangelist and Tagcash Ltd. founder Mark Vernon, president and CEO of Baskin Robins Philippines Michael Dargani, and millennial investor-judge and CEO of MFT Group of Companies Mica Tan.

Aguilar is both excited to see the investors back and look forward to new twists and turns to unfold on TV. He shared, “Every season is different and has something new to offer. Our investors are looking forward to discovering our country’s newest set of rising entrepreneurs and hear their pitches and amazing stories.”

The Final Pitch returns tonight at 8 for its fourth season scheduled on CNN Philippines.

The Final Pitch, as in past stagings, begins with a screening where candidates make their initial pitch to the panel of investor-judges. The selected participants then proceed to a boot camp with mentoring sessions and challenges aimed at allowing investors to gain insights into the character of the entrepreneurs. Their journey concludes with the “Final Pitch” to the investor judges who will negotiate their final offer to the entrepreneurs.

“We can expect more sophisticated and mature startups coming into the fold as they see The Final Pitch as a legitimate way to raise funding for their next stage of growth. If they are exciting businesses with potential to create exponential impact at scale, we want them on the show,” added Aguilar.

Dargani, known for seeking businesses under the financial literacy and education space and those creating a significant social impact, was part of last season and couldn’t wait for more thrills. “I want you to surprise me again,” he noted.

Tan, the young lady who heads a private equity group adhering to the principles of restructuring corporate blueprints to establish sustainable financial footing, returns after her season two stint, this time an even more mature-for-her-age business expert. “I am thrilled to be back,” she implied.

Lim is often seen as the most vocal judge, while Romero, the most recognizable among the lot owing to him being a PBA ballclub owner (NorthPort) and stepson of the late Eddie Garcia.

Mentors to include Joel Santos of Thames International Business School, Junie del Mundo of EON The Stakeholder Relations Group and Mark Gorriceta of Gorriceta Law.

“We are truly excited for this season’s run. We can’t wait for our entrepreneurs to grow their businesses with the help of our investor-judges,” closed out Aguilar.

The Final Pitch Season 4 has replays on Mondays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 p.m. on CNN Philippines.

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