Local Entrepreneur Wants To Get DC Black Businesses On ABC Shark Tank

DC Shark Tank is a local competition and watch party that allows business owners to deliver their ‘business pitch’ in front of ‘ local business experts. D. Yvonne Rivers, the producer of ‘DC Shark Tank, is now looking to work with the producers of the ABC hit show Shark Tank to help them gain entrance into minority entrepreneurs in the metropolitan DC region. Shark Tank has an initiative to gain a more diverse contestant pool of Shark Tank entrepreneurs.

Rivers is the founder and owner of the Phoebe Group, a marketing and training company based in Washington, DC. The company establishes business and nonprofit curriculum to teach businesses and nonprofits how to achieve success. Phoebe operates out of The Hive 2.0 located in Southeast DC and conducts business workshops. These workshops will become ‘Shark Tank’ themed courses like, Know your Numbers’, Your Valuation is what?’How are you going to make Money? Who’s your Customer? and more. According to Phoebe, support will be provided through direct access to Shark Tank producers through a custom DC Shark Tank web link.

Shark Tank producers are expected to tour major cities this spring and summer connecting to minority entrepreneurs.  Shark Tank is now filming their seventh season, with a weekly Friday night audience that exceeds 18 million viewers.

[Related: Meet Angel Investor and ABC Shark Tank’s Head of Diversity Rodney Sampson]

Last year, casting directors of the ABC reality series held an open casting during the Black Enterprise Summit in their search to discover the next successful enterprise. Entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators got a shot at pitching their ideas for a coveted spot on Shark Tank.

To find out if Shark Tank producers are coming to a city near you this year click here. Or to apply online to appear on the show to pitch your business idea click here.