Are you ready to swim with the sharks?

Business owners and Shark Tank fans alike are invited to join us for the Heartland Shark Tank Showcase to hear from five Midwest business owners who have been featured on Shark Tank. Ranging from Dude Wipes to Healthy Donuts you’ll have the chance to learn from the stories of five unique companies and their journey since Shark Tank.

The Heartland Shark Tank Showcase
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Showcase starts: 7:30 p.m.
Networking available after the show until 10:30 p.m.

Presented by the Engler Entrepreneurship Program and participating sponsors, the showcase also features a one-on-one conversation with Mindy Zemrak, the Supervising Casting Producer who has been a part of Shark Tank since season one. If you love Shark Tank, this is the event for you.

Join us to get ready to pitch, learn more about the behind-the-scenes of working with the Sharks, and network with small business owners and entrepreneurs from the Heartland!

The Heartland Shark Tank Showcase kicks off a two-day event, on April 5th and 6th, which features an Open Casting Call for ABC’s Shark Tank! For the first time, a Shark Tank Open Casting Call is taking place in Nebraska, providing an opportunity for entrepreneurs across the Midwest.

Sign up to pitch and to find out more information about pitching.


The Rococo Theatre
140 N 13th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Showcase Speakers

Mindy Zemrak
Supervising Casting Producer for ABC’s Shark Tank

Mindy has been part of Shark Tank since season one and oversees the entire casting process searching for the best entrepreneurs from around the country. Her casting resume also includes the Eco-Challenge, Beyond the Tank, America’s Greatest Makers, American Idol, Top Chef, The Apprentice, I Survived a Japanese Gameshow, Expedition Impossible, Oprah’s Your OWN Show and more. Zemrak has over 13 years of experience working on a variety of television shows and feature films including “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and the hit TV show “Las Vegas” which starred James Caan.

Becky App and Abby Jordan

In 2007, ice cream enthusiasts Becky App and Abby Jordan formed eCreamery Gourmet Ice Cream, Sorbet and Gelato in Omaha, Nebraska, and have been churning classic favorites, original flavors and customers’ unique creations in their boutique parlor ever since. The Nebraskans have garnered recognition throughout the country, such as ABC “Shark Tank”, The New York Times, “Oprah”, Martha Stewart Living, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, Esquire, ESPN and more.

Shark Tank:

Ondrea Fernandez
The Dough Bar

Lincoln native Ondrea and her husband Marquez, launched the dough bar in 2015 seeking a way to make “real” delicious food that was also healthy and protein packed. After experimenting in their small apartment, they launched the Dough Bar and brought healthy doughnuts to the market. Last year they appeared on Shark Tank and received a $300,000 investment from Barbara, and things have been rolling ever since!

Shark Tank:

Dave Alwan
Echo Valley Meats

Dave Alwan purchased his first farm when he was 23-years-old to breed and raise Angus Cattle and launched Echo Valley Meats in 1998. He is one of the rare entrepreneurs to have actually pitched twice on Shark Tank, securing a deal with Mark Cuban in the sixth season. Since his second appearance, Dave has expanded Echo Valley Meats into the corporate gifts market and also become a regular on QVC, consistently receiving rave reviews and record-breaking sales.

Shark Tank:

Vance Zahorski

Vance has been fishing for 35 years, and after countless times cutting line with his teeth or fumbling for scissors and knives, Vance thought there had to be a safer and more convenient way to perform such a simple task. He immediately began designing his now patented line cutting ring for cutting fishing line. He appeared on Shark Tank and received a $120,000 investment from Daymond, and has since transitioned into the sewing industry with his rings.  

Shark Tank:

Scott & Megan Reamer
Jackson’s Honest

More than a chip business, Jackson’s Honest is a mission. What started as a solution to their son Jackson’s specific dietary needs, Scott and Megan Reamer have grown their family’s business into a national brand that creates healthy snack options by replacing carbohydrates with coconut oil and other ancestral fats. They received a 1.25 Million dollar investment from guest shark Rohan Oza.

Shark Tank:

And more to come!


All ages are welcome, this is a family event. There will be a cash bar available for those who are of age and present identification.