Entrepreneurs Wanted For Steve Harvey’s New Competition Show On ABC

Winners will walk away with up to $100,000 to grow their businesses

Values Partnerships has been leading a nationwide casting tour supporting minority entrepreneurship and recruiting diverse voices to pitch on the hit ABC show Shark Tank for more than three years. Now the duo of Joshua DuBois and Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships are working with their longtime friend Mark Burnett and TV personality and businessman Steve Harvey on a new business show that is aimed at entrepreneurs and inventors. They are looking for new ideas, interesting products and services, and existing small businesses to pitch to a live studio audience.

The television series, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, brings together rival entrepreneurs who competitively pitch their ideas head-to-head in front of a live studio audience. The audience then votes on which entrepreneur will receive funding for his or her idea. Harvey, who will serve as host, will become the “funder of dreams,” as he brings his personal business experience and encouragement.

Growing Entrepreneurial Competition Shows

Budding and current entrepreneurs can win $10,000 to $100,000 to start or grow their businesses if they can convince a live studio audience that they deserve to be funded. In addition to existing small businesses, ideas that have yet to gain traction or funding are welcome to compete, says Andrews.

“I’m thrilled to have another passion project on the ABC schedule. This is just the type of show that gives folks a vehicle to breathe life into their dreams,” said Harvey in a released statement.

The show joins the latest lineup of reality television programming designed around entrepreneurship with a funding component including CNBC’s The Profit and NBC’s up-and-coming series Funded, co-staring Tyra Banks.

Increasing Access To Capital For Minority Businesses

Values Partnerships is a Washington, D.C.-based firm that helps foundations, nonprofit organizations, and private companies partner with faith-based, ethnic, and other grassroots influencers.

“We engage with thousands of entrepreneurs each year; access to capital is the No. 1 issue for entrepreneurs of color. The ideas are there, a new opportunity for entrepreneurs to receive funding to start or grow their businesses is exactly what our communities need,” Andrews told BlackEnterprise.com.

For Harvey, this comes off the success of Little Big Shots, which ranks as the biggest reality broadcast launch in nearly five years. He also hosts Celebrity Family Feud, which was a surprise hit for ABC last summer and was renewed for a second season. Harvey is arguably the hardest working man in show biz, adding The Miss Universe Pageant iconic brand to his hosting résumé.

Harvey’s highly anticipates the show will begin taping in fall 2016 with the premiere soon to follow. ABC has ordered 13 episodes of the series to debut later this year. To apply to ABC’s new business competition program, click here.

 

26 Responses to Entrepreneurs Wanted For Steve Harvey’s New Competition Show On ABC

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  2. Jeanette Smith says:

    Mr Havey I am an inventor. I have a contract with Inventhelp In Raliegh North Carolina. Can’t afford a patent but just recently paid the lawyer off any suggestions for me. You can reach me at 252-531-5749. Anytime Thank you.!

    • Dennis Parker says:

      Mr. Harvey, my name is Dennis Parker I am the owner of Carpet Master Cleaning Service in Kinston, NC celebrating 27 years of business ,recently joined Legal Shield & ID Theft like to teach Business Owners and individuals their rights threw the use of this unique business system. While giving them the opportunity to live life, Worry Less while becoming debt free. My main goal in life is trying to teach others, while motivating them to be all they can be, and be the best they can be. I like to show them how to follow the road less traveled and leave a trail. It’s has been a plum pleasing pleasure to have had the opportunity to speak with you. You may reach me by calling Dennis Parker at 252 347-3113 or email djpmoney922@gmail.com Thank you have a blessed year.

  3. Sandra Wanjiku says:

    Hi, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Sandra Wanjiku and I am the sole proprietor of Wham’s Cafe launched on December 15, 2013 at 737 Lakeview Ave in Lowell, MA3. I am seeking an investor to inject some much needed finances, to enable the Cafe to breakthrough the market and grow…

    Wham’s Cafe specializes in spiced Tea, Coffee, Tropical Fruit Smoothies, Frappes and snacks from East Africa. These authentic breakfast snacks like Samosa, Mandazi, Chapati, Bhajia, spicy Sausages and Crepes are a staple along with scrumptious homestyle lunches consisting of Spicy or Curry Chicken, Lentils, Beef Stews served on a bed of Coconut Rice or Ugali(polenta) also served are Coconut Tilapia, 3 Greens (collard, kale and spinach) or succotash w/ cabbage, carrots, potatoes), wholesome meals made fresh daily. Lowell is home to a significantly large immigrant community longing for a taste of home, as well as many visitors and students at UMass, Lowell. Wham’s Cafe is unique as it is the only spot in town offering this cuisine, in a vibrant atmosphere. In the 2+ years, we have garnered a customer base coming from as far as Worcester, Quincy, Boston even Hartford, CT. As we expand our client base, we would like to fulfill orders in a timely manner and speed up the check out process. This will ensure that our customers can come more often, and their orders are received and enjoyed faster, a quick yet wonderful dining experience.

    I would like to craft/customize a Menu App, then introduce 8 secure mobile menu devices at each of the 8 tables, an order display in the kitchen and a master terminal at the check-out counter. The colorful menu with full descriptions of nutritional and caloric values would make it easy for our clients to pick items, place orders, receive approximate wait times and cash themselves out using the App’s Cash-Out component. Once processed and confirmed, orders would be picked up at the check-out counter or the pick-up Window. This would leave the focus for staff to fulfil the company mission of providing “Delicious Food” fast and efficiently. Cash Apps are very popular in automating business receipts processing, and Wham’s Cafe would benefit greatly from this especially in our event catering department, where we can receive, schedule and fulfil orders in a more efficient manner.

    We would also use this App to request Customer feedback as well constant contact options if clients opt in. A link to the App on our website would enable our clients to browse the menu and pre- order or check status of order. Our other growth goals include: Official Website, Ordering App, DoorDash Delivery Service, accepting UMASS Lowell UCARD, Pick-Up Window, Wham’s Cafe After Hours, Wham’s Cafe At-Home. Please support our project – whamscafe.com https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1359226719/whams-cafe-all-day-breakfast/description

  4. Katy Wesley says:

    Hello Mr. Harvey…

    My name is Katy Wesley. I am very much interested in becoming a potential candidate to pitch my idea of creating a school and training center for persons to learn how to “Operate” a Dump Truck…This type of semi tractor trailer has a different type of operation than the usual semi tractor trailer where a person would enroll with a Company or a Truck Driving School to learn how to drive this type of Commercial Vehicle. Both commercial vehicles have similar driving techniques but the operations are different. And it is my belief because I was one of those aspiring persons who after 20 years had worked in the corporate field decided I am going to live out my childhood passion. So I resigned from my desk job and enrolled in a truck driving school and after i completed my 12 weeks class time and training received my Class A CDL License. I already knew that I wanted to be a “dump truck” driver working in the road construction and Ecavation field and with excitement I applied for a drivers position to “OPERATE” a dump truck. The Owner of the company said ok go ahead get in the truck and let me see what you got. Everything inside the tractor was familiar. My only problem was and the Owner knew immediately was I did not know how to “OPERATE” the dump truck. But, what was encouraging she told me to go find someone who could teach me how to “OPERATE” a dump truck and that I could come back and apply again if there was a position open. By the Grace of GOD I did find a stranger whom GOD Blessed me with to train me. And every since then some 10 years later I have been driving and operating a dump truck. With all that said this business can be an assess to many private companies as well as Owner Operated companies because having a driver qualified with these specialized skills is very important in the construction and excavating field. A lot of companies are looking for drivers who has the skills to operate the vehicle as well as meeting the Department of Transportation requirement of being drug free and having a clean Motor Vehicle Record that shows the drivers driving record. This is important for Insurance purposes with the potential Company hiring the driver who knows what they’re doing and taking Safety as a priority. If given the opportunity to present my proposal in depth I assure you that what I am presenting can be a rewarding opportunity to teach, inform, network with companies to hire these individuals based on expertise training they received by attending my school “BedRock Dump Truck,LLC, School & Training.

    Thank You

  5. Stanley Sam says:

    MR HARVEY HOW R U? Please email back in regards to my business. It will be a game changer worldwide..Harmiah.com please contact me back would love to be on ur show..LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM U.

  6. patricia Truxler says:

    mr. HarveyI am reaching out to you I am a mother watch her son work hard 6 days a week and struggling he is smart intelligentalways was a honor roll studentAustin talks about only his own businessI wish I can help him with that maybe you can give him some tips onbecoming an entrepreneurhere’s my number my name is Patricia truxler my number is 347 6561626

  7. Lumie Soucek says:

    Hi! Mr. Steve Harvey, my favorite man alive. I have an invention that is very essential to our daily lives. This invention can be use by all human being including children but very suited for women most specially to the third world country and for those who are chemical conscious and simply for those who wants to save money. Please contact me on my email address above.

  8. Sharon Manke says:

    Hello! All my life I have been full of ideas for new things but I have never had the proper direction needed to bring them to fruition. Recently I came up with an idea that my husband helped me to develop. It is great, it’s simple, and it will be inexpensive to purchase. Best of all, it’s something that every household can use. However, again, I am in need of guidance. Please help this entrepreneur at heart find success!!!

  9. Tynia G Hilliard says:

    Hello Steve, I have an idea to write a book that many mothers and “dads” can relate to these situations. This book is readable to all and I don’t won’t to give away too much. Where do I go from here. Tynia G 757-607-6262

  10. Terre Christmas says:

    Hello Mr. Harvey, my name is Terrell Christmas and I am a Hurricane Katrina survivor wanting to open my own daycare. This has been a life long dream of mine. I have been a preschool teacher for 23 years now and it is something that i am extremely passionate about. I love children very much and I would love to help out low income families in the community with my daycare services. It would be greatly appreciated to have the opportunity to do this with your help.

    Sincerely, Terrell Christmas

  11. Godfrey Smith says:

    Hi Mr Harvey.

    I have read through some of the mails people have sent you, and are pleasantly surprise of how inspirational they are about entrepreneurship, and how they want to make it in this love, especially parents who wants to help their kids. I am from Cape Town South Africa, and maybe this is not the platform to air my views. I have lost my home due to being frauded, and am currently unemployed. It’s tough, and being in my late 50’s, finds it more and more hard to get employment. It’s getting harder to face my family as each day arrives. What can I do, or is their still something out their to ease this burden? Do you perhaps have any advice on how to face this bleak outlook?? Love to hear from you sir. I have been watching your programs here in SA, and are always so amazed at what you do, especially how you inspire people to do the right thing. Keep doing on what you’re doing.

    Kind regards.

    Godfrey Smith

  12. Herman Adams says:

    Hello Mr Harvey, I’m a INVENTOR from New Orleans. All my life I have had common sense ideal that people can use n there everyday life at home work r pay. Just hoping u can help me by giving the tools to jump start my ideals. My most recent one I’m working on have to do with “ring around dress shirt collar.Don’t wanna to much away.”Let’s talk 504-292-4088,r e-mail me.

  13. David Scaliatine says:

    I have a invention a product that I’ve been using since April 2015 . I have received great reviews about my product. Please contact me at your earliest convenience via email. Thanks

  14. Tonya Sellers says:

    Hi Mr Harvey my name is Tonya sellers an I’m a 50 yr old woman from the project with what I think are two great ideas for an invention. However I know little of the process an I don’t want anyone trying to take advantage of me.I’m not asking you for money but I do need something from you which I’m sure will help me to bring my dreams to a reality.
    I’ve listen to a few of your shows that inspired me to contact you..
    1.was about if you have an idea just follow threw with it an don’t let fear take over.
    2.was about the key to success is the 4p’s..
    3.when u said sometimes people just need a hand up in order to make something of themselves”
    And I’m praying that message was for me.. an I truly believe prayer changes things…..

    Thank You Mr Harvey for taking the time to read my letter’and if you decide to help me with my idea I assure you great things will happen….. IT MY DESTINY

  15. E.Jasmine Wardlaw says:

    Hello Mr. Harvey and everyone in connection with this venture. I am an entrepreneur exactly as you have described. I am trying so many avenues to launch at least one of my business ideas and see it to fruition, but each time over the last 20 years, i have encountered the same milestone…funding! I have been the first to invent things like the animal hats, clear boxes, toothbrushes with designs, even internet radio!!!…but my ideas sat on a shelf until someone else finally had the same idea and the money to see it thru. i have an idea now with green attributes so i am very hopeful to see it thru this time because our world needs it to happen.

    i hope you can invite me to tell you more.
    Thank you humbly.

  16. Tara Mosley says:

    Hello,
    My name is Tara Mosley and I began my startup LOL-OMG-LLC in 2010 with 8 highly marketable consumer products in various stages of development. One is launching now Pintwist® World’s Largest and Strongest Hair Pin”! See pintwist.com for more information on it. I just received 2 more patents but my problem is, I have no capital. I have invested over $350,000.00 of my own savings and my husband and I are just barely getting by. Slowly, Pintwist® is gaining traction in the market with rave reviews on Amazon and QVC. I had 2 airings with QVC that did well and next Pintwist® World’s largest and strongest hair pin goes on their .com. From here on, what I really, really need is venture funding but that would mean giving up some of my company. I would love the opportunity to prove to the world that someone with a 10th grade education can rise above all consequences that the cruel world can throw at them and achieve their highest dreams.

  17. Patrick Willie Seals says:

    hello Steve when I was a young man my grandmother told me boy take that hat off in my house or I will nock you into the middle of next week I still don’t know what that mean, she said gentlemen don’t were caps or hats inside, the problem was that I would always lose my cap or someone would still it or it would get wrinkle or dirty that’s why I invented the carry on cap holster, a stylish holster to display your cap on your biceps while inside, my father was refer to as king of afro engerneering that’s where I get my incentive to invent, I have manufacture over 100 in many colors I believe with your help we can take this product global IM ready to JUMP please consider me for the show. Much Love Patrick.

  18. Rachel Anderson says:

    Hello Mr. Harvey, my name is Rachel I’m the inventor of Wedding KeepSakes, patented in the U.S and recently just filed overseas. Wedding KeepSakes are unique, changable three part necessities for weddings with an element of surprises, entertainment and a gift for the Wedding party. I would like to know if you would just consider looking at my items? I will send pictures and prototypes.

    Thank you in advance
    Rachel/Wedding KeepSakes

  19. Stephanie j. Wells says:

    Hey momma. ….there goes that man….Hi steve
    I’m just going to keep this short and simple..my
    Idea is for the safety of babies…if you care to learn more…E-mail me…you have a great day and keep up the great work…hope to hear from you
    S.J.WELLS. ..

  20. Stephanie j. Wells says:

    Hey momma. ….there goes that man….Hi steve
    I’m just going to keep this short and simple..my
    Idea is for the safety of babies…if you care to learn more…E-mail me…you have a great day and keep up the great work…hope to hear from you
    S.J.WELLS….

  21. Brenda Ragland says:

    Greetings Mr. Harvey. I am excited to learn about this opportunity. And would be more excited to be chosen. I am currently living in Raleigh NC, from Bklyn NY….Iam a crative soul with a passion for fashion. My company name is My Heart Expressions Doll Clothing. The collection is named after my three beautiful nieces.. Camora. Skyler and Love….Seasonal mix and match fashions for 18 inch dolls. African inspired prints with bold vibrant colors….Little girls love to play dress up. The collection will help inspire. Teach them to live and belueve in themselves through fashion….A new trend in doll clothing. Each season they can experience a new fun shopping experience for there doll…I am in desparate need of funding….and I really need someone to believe in me and my vision…Im asking if you would take a moment and look at my site. myheartexpresions.org. I feel that I am to creative for a nine to five…I was blessed with a creative soul and i want to share this with the world…..god said its my time so I am walking down this path that god has chosen for me and Im listening to that inner voice….Steve your help will be much appreciated…..I know that this is my calling.

  22. EBONY BABERS says:

    Hello Steve! I am an inventor, financial educator, and entrepreneur. I have a plan to combine them all, so that I can add as much value to others as I can! I believe we are all equipped with blessings- to be blessings, so im ready to share what I have with everyone❤. Can you help me, help others? I hope so!!! Have a great day!!

  23. Greetings Mr. Harvey. I am stepping out on faith in hopes that you will get to see this request. My name is Brenda Ragland….A few months ago I decided to follow this path. And listen to that inner voice…God spoke to me and said it was my time.. He has given me all the tools needed to start my own Doll Clothing business….He has given me the gift of creativity. I am a creative soul dancing through life with a vision….My vision is so clear. I am chasing this dream and want to share it with the world. My HeArt Expressions Doll Clothing for 18 inch Dolls. The collections are named after my 3 beautiful nieces. Seasonal fun mix and match fashions. Steve I am asking for an opportunity to show you and the rest of the world my designs. My passion shows in my work. I need your help Mr. Harvey in getting my business off the ground..This is my calling….An opportunity like this would not only help me. But it will help me to help my family….The struggle is real. im to creative for a nine to five. And the energy that I put into working for someone else. i rather put all that energy into my own business……I can I will. Because I believe. My contact info 919 348 6441……. Myheartexpressions.55@yahoo.com

  24. Zelda Hill says:

    Good day Mr. Harvey, my name is Zelda Hill and I am from the Memphis, TN surrounding area. I am the owner of Dixie Tea. Dixie Tea is a bottled tea that currently comes in 3 flavors: lemon, sweet and green. Having a business is a true blessing that comes with success and challenges. I would love to be a part of your show and this new adventure that you are taking on. Please visit my website at mydixietea.com
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  25. RITA K ALEXANDER says:

    HELLO I HOPE ALL IS WELL MY NAME IS RITA K ALEXANDER IM THE OWNER OF OUR FUTURE ,,MY FOCUS IS THE KIDS ,,I HAVE MY OWN HOME BASE PERFORMING ARTS CHILDCARE CALLED GREAT STATE OF ARTS ACADEMY . IM FROM CHICAGO IL AND I WAS RAISE IN PERFORMING ART THREW OUT THE CITY,,I CURRENTLY LIVE AND HAVE MY OWN FAMILY IN VIRGINIA AND I NOTICE THIS STATE IS MISSING ARTS ,SO I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA WHEN I WORKED FOR PRESIDENT B.OBAMA FIRST TERM ..ITS WAS A PLEASENT EXPREINCE AND I LEARNED ALOT.. I THINK THIS WOULD BE GREAT FOR ALL NATIONS. THE ACADEMY WILL HAVE TRAINED INSTRUCTORS TO TEACH CHILDREN .THERE WILL BE TECHNOGOLY,SELF SUFFICIENCY,GARDENING AND PLANTING, FISH FARM, BALET-TAP-STEP-DANCE TEAMS,MUSIC ,ART, THREATE, SELF DEFENSE, BOXING, MARTIAL ART, YOGA AND FASHION CLASSES FOR THE YOUTH . MY MISSION IS TO HELP POVERTY COME UP ,,AND OFFER MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS. GETTING CHILDREN INVOLVED IN POSITIVE LIFE SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THEM BECOME SUCESSFUL IN LIFE.THE GREAT STATE OF ART IS A (NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION ). MY DREAM IS TO BECOME INTERNATIONAL..THERE WILL ALSO BE MENTORING FOR ANY KIND OF VIOLENCE, PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCES, KIDS WILL LEARN SELF DISPLINE AND SELF CONTROL AND MORE, PLUS FIELD TRIPS TO HELP KIDS EXPLORE THEIR MIND PLUS TRAVEL AND OTHER RESOURSES !!! MORE JOB OPPURTUNITY TOO.

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