While sitting in my hotel room in Amsterdam doing emails, I put on an english speaking channel in the background: turns out to be BBC2's Dragon Den. It's actually the elevator pitch concept we've done a couple of times on this blog: aspiring entrepreneurs go in front of a jury of millionaires and pitch their business.
Although the idea is great, the execution of this show in the episode I'm watching is not great: there is more focus on the drama, the candidates and jury feelings than on the business itself; for instance we don't get the full pitch (maybe it's just because it's a best-of ?)
Anyways, the key takeaway is that this show really helps foster entrepreneurial spirit and shows pieple that actually try to start a a business, and that it's not easy. A more educational side maybe would be to hear the real pitch and the real questions.
Way more useful to society than pop idol and al.
update: it seems all the episodes are available online for free.