Please join us for celebrating the Heartland Shark Tank on April 5th and 6th!

Friday, April 5, 2019

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Heartland Shark Tank Showcase

Saturday, April 6, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ABC’s Shark Tank Open Casting Call

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free Consultation and Office Hours

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free Shark Tank Speaker Series

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Post Pitch Party

The Heartland Shark Tank Showcase

April 5th, 2019 at the Rococo Theatre
Program: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.

Business owners and Shark Tank fans alike are invited to join us to hear from five Midwest business owners who have been featured on Shark Tank and the Executive Casting Producer from the show. Ranging from Dude Wipes to Healthy Donuts you’ll have the chance to learn from the stories of five unique companies and get a behind the scenes look at Shark Tank. Tickets are free and will go fast!

ABC's Shark Tank Open Casting Call

April 6th, 2019 at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Wristbands handed out from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Come take your shot at Shark Tank! Entrepreneurs are given one minute to pitch to the casting producers, and product examples and props are welcome. Be sure to take advantage of the free speaker series and office hours as well. There will be Shark Tank videos on the Cube in the Railyard, and you’ll definitely want your picture in front of our 30-foot shark!

Free Consultation and Office Hours

April 6th, 2019 at Pinnacle Bank Arena
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Take advantage of free advice and industry help from IP lawyers, investors, and other entrepreneurs while you are here. Our very generous sponsors and community members are offering free 20-minute consulting sessions in Pinnacle Bank Arena. Sign up the day of, before or after your pitch to take advantage of this opportunity.

Free Speaker Series

April 6th, 2019 at Pinnacle Bank Arena
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

While you are waiting to pitch or after you’ve done your pitch, stop by the speaker series for free talks from business service providers and season entrepreneurs. These talks are free and packed with value! Even if you aren’t pitching in the Open Casting Call you are welcome to attend.

  • 10:00 - Building a Business, Not Just a Product
    Josh Nichole-Caddy, Nebraska Business Development Center
  • 10:30 - Shark Tank Entrepreneur
    Vance Zarhorski, Linecutterz
  • 11:00 - Sh*t I Wish I Would Have Known When I Started a Company
    Paul Jarrett, Bulu
  • 11:30 - Entrepreneurship Clubs - Building Local Networks
    Sara Giboney and Lauren Bonk, Kearney Entrepreneurs Club
  • 12:00 - Business Banking 101
    Chris Kortus, Arbor Bank
  • 12:30 - Shark Tank Entrepreneur
    Dave Alwan, Echo Valley Meats
  • 1:00 - Building a Brand and Intellectual Property that will Snag a Shark
    Mallory M. Henninger, Advent IP
  • 1:30 - The Power of Strategy and Operational Planning
    Dan Sedor, Leadership Resources
  • 2:00 - Protecting Your Innovation: Patent Protection and the Patent Process
    Matt Poulsen, Suiter Swantz IP
  • 2:30 - What is Startup/Business Investment & What Do Investors Expect?
    Carlos Estrada, Roots Ventures
  • 3:00 - 10 Tips for Starting a Business
    Stacia Thiesen, Union Bank

Free Hudl Tours

April 6th, 2019

Check out one of the most exciting startups recently built in the Heartland. Free tours are offered of their innovative office space (be sure to check out their Nerf gun wall).

Signups coming soon!

Free Workspace at Fuse Coworking

April 6th, 2019
Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Enter from 8th Street, between Ichiban and KD Designs. Take the elevator to the fifth floor.

Need a space to get some work done during the day? Feel free to stop into Fuse for free coworking, coffee, and fast internet. Reserved for those who are pitching in the Open Casting Call!

Post Pitch Party

April 6th, 2019 at Longwells in the Railyard
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

All are welcome to attend! Drop in for Shark Tank drink deals and to relax after an exciting day of celebrating Heartland Entrepreneurship. We’ll have some Shark Tank episodes playing on the Cube too!