During the one-hour special that aired Tuesday night on TLC, Macy’s revealed Dylan Gold of San Francisco, CA, as the season two grand prize winner of “Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover with Clinton Kelly.”
Viewers tuned-in to watch as entrepreneurs Pat Pilla, Kathleen Selman and Gold vied to make their professional dreams a reality with the guidance of mentors who complemented each of their areas of business.
After a makeover with Macy’s style expert Clinton Kelly and a formal business pitch to celebrity judges Martha Stewart, Tommy Hilfiger and Marcus Samuelsson, Dylan secured his place as the ultimate winner of $1 million and the opportunity to sell “Dylan Gold Design Furniture” at select Macy’s stores.
Similarly, the premise of “Angel’s Gate” is to provide viewers with an inside look into the highly competitive nature of venture capital and angel investor funding.
To get a chance at being awarded funding to kick-start their businesses, entrepreneurs submit their business ideas online, and, if contestants obtain approval from the judge on their business pitches, they will then have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in a final round for funding. (Read: How Microsoft Plans to Act in an Asian Reality Show)
“This has truly been an unbelievable experience and I cannot thank Macy’s enough for believing in me and allowing me this wonderful opportunity,” said Dylan Gold, season two winner of “Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover with Clinton Kelly.
“Hard work, along with the help of my friends and family have gotten me this far, but with the additional knowledge and support I now have from Macy’s, I can build my business, my brand, and realize dreams I’ve had since I was a kid.”
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After quitting his job to pursue his furniture design dream, Gold, 37, started “Dylan Gold Design Furniture.” With his desire to “fill the void between cool concept and factory cheap stuff,” Gold is ready to take his company to the next level, expanding his line to offer both high-end and affordable retail products.
The “Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover with Clinton Kelly” call for applications at facebook.com/macys took place Jan. 3 through Jan. 31. After “liking” Macy’s Facebook page, applicants submitted either a short video or essay and photos about their professional goals and aspirations in one of the highlighted areas of fashion, food or home.
Three finalists were chosen for the chance to win the ultimate prize and be named winner of “Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover with Clinton Kelly.”
In the picture above: Clinton Kelly and Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer Martine Reardon pose with Dylan Gold, winner of the second season of “Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover with Clinton Kelly”