Want to Grow Your Biz? This Casting Call Could Land You on “Shark Tank”

A woman judges a beauty product who entrepreneurs present on Shark Tank.
Entrepreneurs from Alhambra, California, present their “better” version of a popular beauty trend on The ABC Television Network's Shark Tank. Photo Courtesy of ABC/Eddy Chen

If the only thing standing between you and your business dreams is a boatload of money, then get ready to dive into this open casting call for “Shark Tank.”

The reality show featuring a regular panel of judges that includes Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran is seeking entrepreneurs for its upcoming season.

Contestants pitch their business ideas, asking the “Sharks” to invest a specific amount of money in exchange for a percentage of a stake in their companies.

You’re limited to presenting just one idea at the open call, so make it your best one (like the Squatty Potty).

There’s also the more traditional financing solution for your entrepreneurial dreams, like applying for a small business grant. But if you’re looking to put the “show” in your business, the Tank can provide that media exposure you’re craving.

How to Get on “Shark Tank”

To attend an open call, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Complete the application packet, available here.
  • Prepare a one-minute pitch for your product or idea, including any demonstration materials. The post notes that you won’t necessarily have access to power or internet, so plan accordingly.
  • Arrive during the allotted “Numbered Wristbands Distribution” time. That means no camping outside the venue the night before.

Casting calls so far have been scheduled in Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City and New York City. More cities are scheduled to be announced.

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer for The Penny Hoarder. Her greatest ideas are typically limited to what she can eat next.