‘Shark Tank’ to Host Two Casting Calls in Philly This Weekend

One is just for Temple students, alums and faculty.

Shark Tank on ABC

Entrepreneurial students at Temple University might find themselves on national TV in a few months pitching their best business ideas. The hit ABC show Shark Tank will host a casting session at Temple this Saturday, June 11th. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., students, alumni, faculty and staff will be able to pitch their business ideas to the show’s casting team in hopes of winning a future spot in front of the “sharks.” 

The show, which received Emmy awards in 2014 and 2015, gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to woo over self-made millionaires and billionaires in hopes of securing an investment for their own business. After six seasons, the judges have already offered $66 million to a various start-ups, according to the show’s website.

The casting session will be held at Alter Hall at the Fox School of Business and involves a quick one-minute pitch and follow-up questions with the show’s casting directors. From there, a few people may be chosen to move on to the next round, which is taped and aired.

The show reached out to Temple to host the session, according to Lindsey Massimiani, director of strategic marketing initiatives for the Fox School of Business.

The school expects a wide variety of pitches. Massimiani said she thinks some of the school’s “star entrepreneurship students and alumni” will show up. This will include current students who have a great idea, as well as recent alumni looking to take their start-up to the next level.

While this session is only open to the Temple community, an open casting session will take place on Friday, June 10th at Xfinity Live. Wristbands will be distributed from 9 until 11 a.m., and the interviews and pitches will begin at 11 a.m. Interested people can download the application here.