20 Apr 2016

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In 2016, Values Partnerships is leading a nationwide ABC’s Shark Tank to NYC for the third stop in a nationwide tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to the show. Values Partnerships partnered with the New York Institute of Technology, the MVP Accelerator, Walker’s Legacy, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Tech + Innovation, the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and others to host two casting calls; a morning event at NYIT and an afternoon event in the Bronx.


The Kauffman Foundation included NYC in its top metropolitan areas for startup activity in the U.S. in 2016.  Each year, the Kauffman Foundation publishes the Kauffman Index that measures startup activity in major metropolitan areas. The startup community in NYC, anchored by Silicon Alley, continues to grow. Organizations like Silicon Harlem are working to ensure the city’s communities of color share in the growth.

According to the Minority Business Development Agency,  The state of New York accounts for 9% of the minority owned firms in America.

As NYC’s 5 boroughs continue to grow and change, ensuring that small businesses have the resources they need is increasingly important.  Entrepreneurship is one way to ensure communities still have a place in NYC as the city continues to grow and develop.



We began our day in NYC with a morning casting call at NYIT School of Management with the MVP Accelerator.

On the day of the event, entrepreneurs showed up early for pitch prep.  Business owners pitched to Values Partnerships staff and our event partners to get feedback before pitching to the Shark Tank casting team.

(Entrepreneur practice pitching at NYIT)

Following pitch prep, each entrepreneur pitched to the Shark Tank casting team. Entrepreneurs get up to 3 minutes for their pitch and short discussion; about triple what they would get at a large open call casting.

The Bronx 



We continued our day in NYC with an afternoon casting call with NY Assemblymember Michael Blake in the Bronx.

The Bronx is the most diverse county in America. While economic challenges exist, the South Bronx continues to grow with organizations like SoBRO and the NY Hispanic Chamber of Commerce supporting entrepreneurs.

(Entrepreneur Pitching in the Bronx)

Over 150 entrepreneurs pitched at our events in NYC.

Following the casting calls, Brandon Andrews from Values Partnerships managed an access to capital panel discussion featuring:

Sarah Ribner – Co-founder of PipwerWai / Shark Tank Season 7
Minerva Tantoco – Chief Technology Officer, New York City
Joaquin Gonzalez –
Ponce de Leon Federal Bank
Marti Speranza – Director, Women Entrepreneurs NYC
Derrick Webster – ‎Executive Director/Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, School of Management at NYIT; Co-Founder/MVP Accelerator – ‎New York Institute of Technology
Natalie Cofield – Founder/CEO of Walker’s Legacy and UrbanCo-Lab

(Access to Capital Panel)

At each of our casting calls, we work to add value for entrepreneurs. Organizing access to capital discussions is one way that we ensure every entrepreneur leaves our casting calls better than they came.

We had an exciting day in NYC. We look forward to seeing the ecosystem continue to grow and hope to see entrepreneurs from the tri-state area on Season 8 of the show! Next stop, Detroit!

Visit http://www.valuespartnerships.com/sharktank for more information on our 2016 casting tour, and to sign up to pitch in your area!

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