Left to right, funders Tony Holland, Phil Mason, Cyndi Masters and Marty McClelland during the taping of the latest “Dream Funders” program at the UofL College of Business.

The University of Louisville College of Business gets a starring role in the second season of “Dream Funders,” WBNA21’s local television series for would-be entrepreneurs, which began airing Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. The 14 dreamers filmed in the last shoot will provide seven episodes and shooting will begin again in late January to finish up the season with another six or seven episodes. 

For the first time, “Dream Funders” is being filmed at the college and features UofL professors and a student providing expert analysis.

With the Drummond Executive Center as the backdrop, the show will feature 14 “Dreamers” who pitched their ideas over two nights to a group of would-be funders – angel investors and business professionals.

Viewers will watch the entrepreneurs present their ideas, then will learn what works – and what doesn’t – from the college’s Van Clouse, chair of the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship; Suzanne Bergmeister, entrepreneur-in-residence and chair of the Venture Connectors entrepreneur and investor forum; and Colton Payne, entrepreneurship MBA student and president of the UofL Entrepreneurship Club.

Among those to be featured on the show are a current UofL MBA student, a former UofL MBA student, a teacher, a single mother, a father-son team and a group of high school students from the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.

This group of high school students from the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs presented their idea for a unique dog toy on the second season of "Dream Funders," filmed at the College of Business.
This group of high school students from the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs presented their idea for a unique dog toy during the second season of “Dream Funders,” filmed at the College of Business.

The program is sponsored by Papa John’s International and hosted by Melissa Fraser, partner at Strothman and Company CPAs, and produced by BMB Productions and WBNA21.

“Dream Funders”  will begin filming again in January and is looking for entrepreneurs. More information is available online

Janet Cappiello covers the College of Business, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Sustainability Council and military initiatives for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since March 2014.