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ABC's 'Shark Tank' Casting Call Announced for "Minority Entrepreneurs"
4/19/2016 4:02:34 PM

Shark Tank Casting

By Tambay A. Obenson, Shadow and Act

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.

For those in New York, the next stop on the tour is tomorrow, April 20, when Minority Venture Partners (MVP) Accelerator Inc. - a not-for-profit startup program dedicated to the launch, scale, and exit of minority and women led-tech startups - will host a casting call for "Shark Tank" at the New York Institute of Technology's School of Management (Manhattan Campus/

For future stops on the casting tour, visit to find out if it's coming to your city.

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.

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.

Visit for more information on the 2016 casting tour.


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