Vikram Vij will be leaving Dragons Den’s to focus on his restaurant.

“I’m sad to be leaving Dragons’ Den because it’s been such a wonderful and unique experience,”says Vij.
“But I have to prioritize my restaurant – Vij’s is like my first-born child; and right now it needs all my time and concentration.”

Vij joined the show last year and has assisted many new businesses, including Tangoo, the pocket concierge app; Baby Parka, a snuggie for little ones being carried in a harness; Casalinga, canned cabbage rolls; and Shape and Store Burger Master, a silicon burger shaper that sits in the freezer.

While Vij will have less opportunity to help up-and-coming businesses, he knows that juggling priorities is sometimes necessary in the business world.

Vij launched his third restaurant, My Shanti in South Surrey, last year immediately and admitted it was hard to be away in the pre-launch phase. As well as moving Vij’s from its current location in South Granville, Vij continues to expand his frozen food sales into eastern Canada, he is working several days a week at My Shanti, as well as the established Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants.

Vij says that while he enjoyed working with new entrepreneurs and he is grateful to CBC for the experience.

“I’m really enjoying working with the businesses I did deals with in the Den,” he says. “They are all inspiring me with their enthusiasm. They remind me of what I was like when I started out more than 20 years ago, and I am very grateful to CBC for putting me on the show so I could meet these people.”