Shark Tank Expects 500 at Philly Audition

NewsWorks reports that the producers of the ABC show Shark Tank expect to see a lot of Philly-area entrepreneurs at a casting call on Saturday:

Philadelphia’s NextFab Studio will host the show’s only open casting call on the East Coast.

NextFab’s Itsuki Ogihara says it’s been a crazy week.

“We’re getting a huge amount of phone calls every day. People are asking me if they can camp out outside days in advance,” Ogihara said with a laugh. (The answer is no, she says. But she admits she can’t do much to prevent it.) “It’s a pretty exciting time.”

Competitors will be looking to win capital for their business ideas, as well as the chance to have Mark Cuban criticize them on TV.