The City of Henderson in partnership with Moonshot at the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) is looking for entrepreneurs with the next great business idea to take the jump into the City’s Shark Tank-style pitch competition.
Along with receiving expert advice, contestants will have the chance to win cash and prizes.
Businesses or business concepts proposed by entrepreneurs in the “Start Tank” competition are reviewed by experts who have helped launch dozens of successful ventures. The first phase of the competition will be held in the College of Southern Nevada, Henderson Campus auditorium on Aug. 18 and the event is open to the public. All entrepreneurs participating in the competition will receive counseling and coaching from Moonshot at NACET throughout the event.
Applications must be submitted by Aug. 9 for review where semifinalists will be selected to participate in the initial pitch phase.
“Henderson is filled with innovative thinkers and we’re sure someone out there has the next great idea,” said Barbra Coffee, the City of Henderson’s Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “We want to give these new businesses a stage to perfect their pitch, along with access to experts who can evaluate their businesses and help them grow.”
Applicants for “Start Tank” must create a two-minute video posted to YouTube and complete the online application at HendersonMeansBusiness.com/start-tank. The submissions chosen for the pitch competition and workshop will be announced on Aug. 10.
Contestants who pass the first phase will move on to compete for a share of $6,000 in cash and prizes, plus increased exposure for their business or concept during the final pitch competition event on Aug. 23.
This year’s finalists in the second annual contest will compete for the top prizes at 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 as part of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at Green Valley Ranch Resort. Special guest and keynote presenter for this event is Kiersten Hathcock, CEO/Founder of Mod Mom Furniture and ABC’s Shark Tank winner, season two.
In addition to Moonshot at NACET, the City of Henderson is partnering with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Henderson Redevelopment Agency, Bank of Nevada, Parallel Innovation Labs, TSK Architects, Public Works Coffee Bar and the College of Southern Nevada for the competition.
For more information about the competition or Henderson Economic Development, visit HendersonMeansBusiness.com.