In season 8 of CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Nana Osei pitched his eco-luxury eyewear line to the panel of venture capitalists – attempting to obtain funding to grow his small business. The ‘dragons’ were not sold on the idea and Nana walked away without securing any of their money. Fast forward 3 years and Nana has grown his company, Bôhten, into a lucrative business with a production factory right here in the city of Toronto. Bôhten eyewear is now available online and in fine boutiques across Canada, Europe and Africa.

In this episode of the podcast, Nana explains where the idea of using reclaimed materials from Ghana came from and what it took to take the product from conception to design to production to market.

He also revealed how he was able to get a spot on Dragons’ Den and why having his business idea ripped apart by Kevin O’Leary, proved to be a blessing in disguise.

Nana also spoke about some of the obstacles he had to endure while growing his business and provided advice for anyone looking to create and market a tangible product.

Bôhten eyewear is an impressive invention and has strong sales numbers but Nana has bigger plans. His goal is to expand his blueprint for making eyewear, across the world and particular, Africa.

In this episode you’ll also get to hear my embarrassing sunglasses secret.

Checkout the Bôhten eyewear collection at Use my code “makingitintoronto25” to receive a 25% discount at checkout

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