‘The Final Pitch’ Season 9: Open Edition to start airing on CNN Philippines on July 9

The Final Pitch, the Philippines’ groundbreaking business reality TV show, is set to premiere its ninth season exclusively on CNN Philippines starting July 9, and will air every Sunday at 8:30 pm with replays every Friday at 10:00 pm and Saturday at 5:30 pm.

Hosted by the show creator John Aguilar, the 10-episode series themed “Open Edition” will feature aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and tech start-ups across all industries to share their creative and unconventional business concepts and vie to secure funding and mentorship from the distinguished investor-judges.

In its new season, the show took a bolder step in emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and diversity in the business world and beyond tech start-ups, allowing non-technology entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level. The show has captured the imagination of audiences since its first season and served as a launchpad for promising entrepreneurs, providing them a platform for fostering innovation and propelling business ideas into successful ventures.

“We decided to embrace the ‘Open Edition’ approach, recognizing the vast pool of talented entrepreneurs across diverse industries beyond the technology sector. By doing so, we provided them with a valuable platform to interact, negotiate, and engage in discussion with the judges.” said Aguilar

The show will feature a roster of judges meticulously evaluating entrepreneur contestants’ business proposals and determining the most promising ventures equipped with insightful feedback, expert guidance, and engaging discussions. This season’s exceptional panel of investor-judges includes Rico Bautista, President and CEO of Etiqa Life & General Assurance Philippines; Brian Poe Llamanzares, President of Pantheon Holdings; Henry Aguda, President and CEO of UnionDigital Bank and Convenor of GoDigital Pilipinas; Robert Scott, Vice President-Hotel Operations of Okada Manila; Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Ilan Fluss; and the British Ambassador to the Philippines Her Excellency Laure Beaufils.

In addition, this season will also showcase an episode of ‘Open House Mentorship Sessions’ on August 6. The mentorship sessions involve insights and expertise of outstanding mentors on diverse topics such as business strategy, social media and influencer marketing, and pitching.

The episode’s esteemed mentors include Joel Santos, the founder of Thames International Business School; Vince Golangco of When in Manila; Dean Bernales of Uniquecorn Strategies; Paolo Rentero of TechShake; Atty. Marlon Valderama of LexMeet; and Chris Peralta of Silicon Valley HQ.

Mark your calendars for July 9, 2023, and tune in to CNN Philippines to witness the thrilling premiere of The Final Pitch Season 9: Open Edition, showcasing the bright spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, and the extraordinary potential of Filipino entrepreneurs.