Every aspiring entrepreneur’s favorite television show is holding their next casting call in Brooklyn.
Shark Tank, ABC’s investment reality TV series currently in its eighth season, is headed to 3 Black Cats Cafe (3 Belmont Ave.) in Brownsville, on Wednesday, April 19 to find the show’s celebrity investors their next small business to take a chance on.
In the special Shark Tank Diversity Tour, traveling to eight different cities across the nation, producer Mark Burnett is looking to support minority entrepreneurship and recruit diverse voices to pitch on the show. While the show is looking for anyone with a “good idea,” the Sharks prefer to invest in entrepreneurs with a business idea that displays market demand through user acquisition, sales, and/or intellectual property protection.
To date two of the biggest Brooklyn-based small business companies have been a part of Shark Tank. Mini, hi-tech vending machine startup, Vengo received one of the largest funding rounds in the show’s history, nailing a $2 million deal with Sharks Kevin O’Leary and Lori Greiner. Susty Party, an eco-friendly party supplies company, passed on a deal offered by O’Leary but went on to raise a bigger round at a higher valuation after the show.
The show is partnering with Values Partnership and several Brownsville organizations including Made in Brownsville, Brownsville Community Justice Center and Dream Big Foundation. Registered companies will be selected to pitch on a first come, first served basis.
Click here to register and Good Luck Brooklyn!