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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ABC's Shark Tank Casting Call Announced For Minority Entrepreneurs

ABC's Shark Tank Casting Call Announced For Minority Entrepreneurs

April 20th Event to be held at New York Institute of Technology School Management

NEW YORK, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 20, 2016Minority Venture Partners (MVP) Accelerator Inc., a not-for-profit startup program dedicated to the launch, scale, and exit of minority and women led-tech startups will host a casting call for ABC's Shark Tank at the New York Institute of Technology's School of Management (Manhattan Campus/ This event is the most recent stop in a nationwide casting tour organized by Values Partnerships; designed to support minority entrepreneurs and bring more diverse ideas and voices to the show. At the event, casting producers from ABC's Shark Tank will hear pitches from local entrepreneurs vying to pitch on Season 8 of the hit show.

Brandon Andrews, Senior Consultant at Values Partnerships shared, "With the support of Shark Tank's Executive Producer Mark Burnett, Values Partnerships has been working with local influencers and startup hubs such as the MVP Accelerator ( and Vanguarde Consulting Group ( to support Shark Tank's mission to spread entrepreneurship around the country--especially in communities that need it most."

In addition, given the diversity of its student body and forward thinking of D. Bernard Webster, Executive Director at the School of Management'sCenter for Entrepreneurial Studies ( is reflective of the mission at Values Partnerships--making it an ideal host partner to spread awareness of the need for diversity and inclusion within the technology industry.

In addition to casting for the show, pitch preparation, entrepreneurship resources, and access to capital discussions will be provided for entrepreneurs.

Values Partnerships is leading a nationwide casting tour supporting minority entrepreneurship and recruiting diverse ideas and voices to pitch on Season 8 of ABC's Shark Tank. Casting calls are planned in local communities in Miami, FL; Austin, TX; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; San Francisco/Oakland, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Cincinnati, OH.

If selected for Season 8 of ABC's Shark Tank, entrepreneurs will fly to Los Angeles, CA to tape their pitch to the sharks. Season 8 will premiere in September 2016.

A diverse group of entrepreneurs are expected to pitch at the event supported by (OTHER EVENT PARTNERS). Visit for more information on the 2016 casting tour.

Minority Venture Partners, Inc.

Minority Venture Partners, Inc. (@MVPAccelerator) is a not-for-profit startup program whose mission is to increase and expand Minority and Women Business Enterprise participation in emerging technology sectors throughout the Tri-state Area. MVP achieves this goal by facilitating a world-class accelerator program that provides under-represented tech entrepreneurs with knowledge, mentors, networks, and access to startup capital to successfully bring their innovative products and services to market.

Vanguarde Consulting Group

Vanguarde Consulting Group (@vanguardenyc) is a leading provider of entrepreneurial training, events, and marketing solutions for small business innovation. We maintain an unwavering focus on continually identifying best business practices for growth and profits across industries. With University partnerships both in the US and abroad, Vanguarde's enhanced training and support programs are all designed to support the development of your small business for long-term sustainability.

Values Partnerships

Values Partnerships (@VPIConsulting) uses the power of faith-based, ethnic, and community partnerships to solve problems, and change the world. We take on causes and clients we believe in - and then we work to build grassroots partnerships and advocacy campaigns to advance goals, and mobilize customers, constituencies and audiences worldwide.

D. Bernard Webster

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