Shark Tank Open Casting Call

The event is free and open to the public.

April 6, 2019

About The Event

Sign up to pitch and download the application here:

Calling all entrepreneurs and startup founders: Here's your chance to swim with the sharks. "Shark Tank," the popular ABC show where business owners pitch their ideas to a panel of potential investors, is hosting a casting call on April 6 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The opportunity is organized by UNL's Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.

1-Minute Pitch Open Call - *IMPORTANT: Must Be 18 Or Older or Accompanied By An Adult & Be An American Citizen or Resident

Attend an Open Call where you will be given the opportunity to do a 1-minute pitch of your business/product/idea to a member of the Casting Team -- just like you would as if you were on the show. Come prepared to wow and dazzle. Be advised: security may check your bag and you are responsible for your own parking.  To apply to pitch at an Open Call, you MUST have a COMPLETED APPLICATION Packet and bring it with you. Please take the time to complete it fully and legibly. To download an application and learn more about the casting call, go to:

As long as you arrive during the allotted "Numbered Wristbands Distributed" time and receive a wristband you will have the chance to pitch.

There is no reason to camp out the night before. Please be respectful of the neighborhood in regards to trash and noise. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected]. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Please do NOT call the venue. 

- You will have time to go back to your vehicle after you receive your wristband to get any large or bulky props or equipment.
- There are no guarantees of access to power, internet or any other A/V equipment.
- You may only pitch one business, product or idea.

Everyone must arrive during the allotted "Numbered Wristbands Distributed" time of 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and receive a wristband. However, to pitch, you must have completed an application beforehand. Participants will get one minute to pitch their business or idea to a member of the show's casting team and those sessions will begin at 10 a.m. Participants won't be pitching to the show's sharks. There's no call-back that day and the pitches are not filmed.

To download an application and learn more about the casting call, go to:

The Engler program was founded in 2010 with a $20 million gift from the foundation of Paul F. Engler, a Nebraska alumnus and Texas entrepreneur who founded Cactus Cattle Feeders and has championed a number of innovations in the agriculture and energy sectors.

Part of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL, the program gives students an opportunity to take an idea from concept to product in an encouraging environment where they can try, fail, and try again, all while learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur. More than 100 students have completed the program to date.

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  • Event Policies

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Cell phone photos are permitted. No professional cameras or cameras with detachable lenses. No audio or video allowed.

    No outside food or beverage brought into the venue. 

    No water bottles brought into the venue. 

    No weapons including pocket knives or tasers. Those items will not be permitted in the doors.

    No signs. No strollers. No selfie sticks. No iPads.

  • Special Accommodations

    For special accommodations, please call Olivia Fowler, 402.904.5641 or email [email protected].