The Money Hunt

PBS (ended 1996)


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The Money Hunt

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The Money Hunt is a competition show where inventors and entrepreneurs present their ideas to a couple of venture capitalists and a national TV audience in search of funding. Investment banker Miles Spencer and attorney Cliff Enico take time off from their public speaking agendas to host The Money Hunt, looking for the next great American idea. Contestants on the show are real professional risk takers, who present projects to Spencer and Enico, hoping that they'll buy into their ideas. Unfortunately, most of the time, the two hosts rip the contestant's ideas apart, and they give many reasons why they think the entrepreneur's project will fail. Among the list of strange ideas appearing on the show is one from a Detroit inventor of an electric grill that reduces fat by removing oil as it cooks. The attorney host soon tells the contestant that he'll be the first in line to take the case when George Foreman sues him. Next up, is a company that wants to create a virtual search engine. Spencer does the math and points out that the project's hardware costs would outweigh any benefit from the software. A few projects make it past Spencer and Enico, going to a second tier where financers from across America can inquire more about funding the idea.