Geek entrepreneurs better gather up their PowerPoints, prototypes, and nervous perspiration because ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank” is hosting nationwide open casting calls. The bad news: there will be only one casting call in the Northeast. The good news: It is at NextFab Studios right here in Philly!
Shark Tank is a reality TV show where budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of self-made multi-millionaires (The Sharks) in the hopes to get some seed funding to make their dream product a reality. The Sharks, as they are called, are:
- Mark Cuban (chairman of AXS TV),
- Barbara Corcoran (Real Estate Mogul),
- “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner,
- Robert Herjavec (Tech Innovator),
- Daymond John (Fashion and Brand Expert)
- Kevin O’Leary (Venture Capitalist).
These tough as nails judges will be judging a select few worthy of an investment from their own personal pockets. But, they’re looking for a return on their investment and you want to keep your investors happy.
The official casting call will take place at NextFab Studio on Saturday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m. The first 500 people to arrive will be guaranteed an interview, so you might want to be a bit early. We know that Philly has some of the most vibrant and ingenious innovators in the nation, so this is your chance to show the country what the geek community of Philadelphia are really capable of!
In the weeks leading up to the event, NextFab will also be hosting two events to help you hone your pitching skills to a fine edge and blow The Sharks out of the water. “Test Your Elevator Pitch: Try out your spiel and pick brains with celebrity experts” will be on Tuesday, April 30th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. You’ll be able to get some real practice with some of Philly’s brightest entrepreneurial minds like:
- Patrick Fitzgerald, Wharton School of Business
- Lawrence Gelburd, Wharton School of Business
- Wharton Small Business Development Center
- Terry Hicks (VP of Investment), Ben Franklin Technology Partners
- Wayne Kimmel, Artists & Instigators
- Brad Denenberg, Seed Philly
Whether you plan on auditioning for Shark Tank or not, you don’t want to pass up some invaluable experience with some brilliant people.
Come on Geeks! We know you have the smarts and drive to change the world, or at least survive a few shark bites.
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