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Need startup money? ABC’s “Shark Tank” holding May 24 open call for entrepreneurs in metro Denver

By: Tamara Chuang, The Denver Post
May 17, 2017 Updated: May 17, 2017 at 9:05 pm
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photo - SHARK TANK - "Episode 824" - Two entrepreneurs from Placentia, California, pitch their solution to embarrassing underarm sweat marks and stains; brothers and best friends from Walnut Creek, California, believe their belt buckle that doubles as a wallet is the most convenient way to carry your essentials; U.S. Army veterans from Chicago, Illinois, hope to empower  farmers in a war-torn country by helping them cultivate and harvest saffron; and a former executive chef from Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an unlikely story, thinks his multi-purpose mixing bowl will become the next go-to kitchen gadget. Also, a follow-up with Robin "Wombi" Rose and John Wise from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and their 3D paper pop-up greeting cards, LovePop, that Kevin O'Leary invested in during season seven, on "Shark Tank," airing FRIDAY, MAY 5 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Desmond)
KEVIN O'LEARY, LORI GREINER, ROBERT HERJAVEC, TYLER PEOPLES (PEOPLES DESIGNS)
SHARK TANK - "Episode 824" - Two entrepreneurs from Placentia, California, pitch their solution to embarrassing underarm sweat marks and stains; brothers and best friends from Walnut Creek, California, believe their belt buckle that doubles as a wallet is the most convenient way to carry your essentials; U.S. Army veterans from Chicago, Illinois, hope to empower farmers in a war-torn country by helping them cultivate and harvest saffron; and a former executive chef from Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an unlikely story, thinks his multi-purpose mixing bowl will become the next go-to kitchen gadget. Also, a follow-up with Robin "Wombi" Rose and John Wise from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and their 3D paper pop-up greeting cards, LovePop, that Kevin O'Leary invested in during season seven, on "Shark Tank," airing FRIDAY, MAY 5 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Desmond) KEVIN O'LEARY, LORI GREINER, ROBERT HERJAVEC, TYLER PEOPLES (PEOPLES DESIGNS) 

“Shark Tank,” the TV show that catapulted entrepreneurship into prime time, is hosting a casting call May 24 at the Comcast store in Centennial.

The first 500 entrepreneurs in line will be heard, promises Mindy Zemrak, the show’s supervising casting producer who will bring her casting team from Los Angeles to hear pitches.

“My advice is to be very explicit, have a lot of energy and show some passion. That goes a long way,” said Zemrak, who estimates that the show filters through between 30,000 to 40,000 pitches per season. Only about 80 to 100 companies get picked to pitch “the sharks,” which include Mark Cuban, a tech entrepreneur and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. “The nice thing about these calls is they’re a little more relaxed. There’s no Mr. Wonderful. None of the sharks are there.”

Read full story at The Denver Post.

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