On April 20, 2016, Minority Venture Partners (MVP) Accelerator Inc., a not-for-profit startup program dedicated to the launch and scale of minority and women led-tech startups will host a casting call for ABC’s Shark Tank at the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Management. This event is the most recent stop in a nationwide casting tour organized by Values Partnerships; designed to support minority entrepreneurs and bring more diverse ideas and voices to the show. At the event, casting producers from ABC’s Shark Tank will hear pitches from local entrepreneurs vying to pitch on Season 8 of the hit show.
Brandon Andrews, Senior Consultant at Values Partnerships shared, “With the support of Shark Tank’s Executive Producer Mark Burnett, Values Partnerships has been working with local influencers and startup hubs such as the MVP Accelerator and Vanguarde Consulting Group to support Shark Tank’s mission to spread entrepreneurship around the country–especially in communities that need it most.”
In addition, given the diversity of its student body and forward thinking of D. Bernard Webster, Executive Director at the School of Management’sCenter for Entrepreneurial Studies is reflective of the mission at Values Partnerships–making it an ideal host partner to spread awareness of the need for diversity and inclusion within the technology industry.
In addition to casting for the show, pitch preparation, entrepreneurship resources, and access to capital discussions will be provided for entrepreneurs.
Values Partnerships is leading a nationwide casting tour supporting minority entrepreneurship and recruiting diverse ideas and voices to pitch on Season 8 of ABC’s Shark Tank. Casting calls are planned in local communities in Miami, FL; Austin, TX; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; San Francisco/Oakland, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Cincinnati, OH.
If selected for Season 8 of ABC’s Shark Tank, entrepreneurs will fly to Los Angeles, CA to tape their pitch to the sharks. Season 8 will premiere in September 2016.