26 May 2016

Shark Tank Tour Header

In 2016, Values Partnerships is leading a nationwide ABC’s Shark Tank to SF for the fifth stop in a nationwide tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to the show. Values Partnerships partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Walker’s Legacy, Change Catalysts, Ola Initiative, and others to host a casting call at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center!

Last year, Sprëtz founder Tony Gauthier pitched at our SF casting call. Tony and the Sprëtz team appeared on Season 7 of Shark Tank!

Silicon Valley continues to be a center of gravity for entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Foundation included two Silicon Valley cities – San Jose and San Francisco – 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.

According to the Minority Business Development Agency,  The state of Michigan is home to over 21% of the minority owned firms in America.

We were excited to return to SF!

(Pitch Prep at Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center)

We began our day in SF with pitch prep. Values Partnerships partnered with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and the US Chamber of Commerce to develop a pitch toolkit. This free resource is shared with entrepreneurs at every stop in the 2016 casting tour.

Contributors to the Entrepreneur Pitch Toolkit  provided real-time feedback on pitches to entrepreneurs at our SF casting call, our panel included:

Click HERE to watch the pitch prep session!


(Entrepreneur pitching at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center)

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.

(Entrepreneur Pitching at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center)

Following the casting call in SF, Brandon Andrews from Values Partnerships moderated  a fireside chat with Tony Gauthier of Spretz. The chat was followed by an access to capital panel discussion featuring:

Moderator: Amanda Eversole, President, Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation;

Neil Devani, Director of Investments at Rothenberg Ventures

Jason Johnson, Founder & CEO August Lock

Laurie Lumenti, SVP Startup Services, Square 1 Bank

(Brandon Andrews with Spretz Founder Tony Gauthier)

Click HERE to watch the fireside chat with Tony Gauthier!

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.


Click HERE to watch the access to capital panel!

We had an exciting day in SF. We look forward to seeing the ecosystem continue to grow and hope to see entrepreneurs from the Bay Area on Season 8 of the show! Next stop, DC!

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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