Where there are a lot of reality tv shows filled with hair pulling and black eyes, there’s one that uses business acumen to pit people against each other. The Shark Tank series features a panel of “potential investors”, called “sharks”, who consider offers from “aspiring entrepreneurs” seeking investments for their business or product. The entrepreneur or “contestant” can make a deal on the show if a panel member is interested. However, if all of the panel members opt out, the contestant leave empty handed. The show is said to portray “the drama of pitch meetings and the interaction between the entrepreneurs and tycoons”. 

Unfortunately there hasn’t been too many minority contestants on the show. In an effort to change this, ABC and producer Mark Burnett’s One Three Media, have announced they are looking for minority and women-owned businesses to appear on the next season.  The producers are openly recruiting contestants at  the Kingonomics Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Investment Conference in Washington D.C. being held on Friday, August 23.

According to the conference press release:

“The Kingonomics conference… will bring together experts in innovation, entrepreneurialism, crowd funding and in investment from all over the world to train minority business owners, start-ups, investors, youth entrepreneurs and veterans on how to access capital, invest, and obtain personal and business wealth. Now thousands of minority and women entrepreneurs will have the chance to fulfill their own dreams with a chance to audition for ABC’s Shark Tank, providing an opportunity for them to gain the much needed capital for growing their businesses.

Although there is a conference fee, there isn’t a fee to join the casting call. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, you may want to check it out! Click here for more information.



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  • This is great news! There are way too many entrepreneurial and innovative people of color for us to be under represented on this show

  • noirluv45

    I LOVE “Shark Tank.” I’m glad they are pushing for more minority businesses. I hope they find them.

  • gmarie

    I want to know what happened to Barbara :(
    As for minorities on the show yes to that, and minorities that will actually make deals. I think I’ve only seen Damon close ONE deal that was not a joint deal with the other sharks. And that is in all seasons combined! lol

    • noirluv45

      Me too, gmarie. I prefer Barbara more so than Lorie.

    • Pepper

      I like Barbara too; but Lorie is the one that has an inside track to get people, and their products on QVC. And that’s a great advantage