Saturday, July 20, 2024

Shark Tank Virginia releases lineup of investors, presenting businesses

Entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to a panel of investment sharks at the second annual Shark Tank Virginia. (Courtesy ABC)
Entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to a panel of investment sharks at the second annual Shark Tank Virginia. (Courtesy ABC)

Shark Tank Virginia is returning to the Stryker Center Saturday for its second-annual night of business pitches, networking and investing.

More than 25 entrepreneurs will pitch their startups to a panel of investment sharks, who will critique and analyze the businesses before deciding whether or not to invest.

The lineup of sharks and entrepreneurs has been announced by event presenter Ignition Center, a business accelerator for entrepreneurs located on Richmond Road.

The sharks will include company presidents, executives and owners, spanning industries that include healthcare, real estate, marketing and more. Sharks include:

  • Tim Saumier, president/CEO of TYGES International
  • Corbin Wood, COO of Snow Companies
  • Mike Watson, president / CEO, CATLab Accredited Calibration Laboratories
  • Brenda Snow, founder of Snow Companies
  • Matt Hayes, VP of marketing and commerce, Leesa Sleep
  • Ed Fang, owner and executive of C&F Enterprises
  • David Bohlke, Bell-kye Properties, Inc.
  • Mark Rausch, co-founder and board member for Skin Surgery Center of Virginia

Owners of aircraft companies, retail supply consultants, developers of mobile applications and more will stand before the judges and try to win their support.

The main presenting businesses will be on stage for 20 minutes, eight of which will be dedicated to the pitch and 12 minutes for discussion with the judges.

The five main presenters include:

  • Advanced Aircraft Company, an aeronautical engineering and aircraft manufacturing company from Hampton.
  • ReRunner, a company specializing in retail supply and logistics.
  • SmartBridge Health, which provides cancer care.
  • Dippy, a business marketing service.
  • AnswersNow, a mobile app that provides assistance to parents of autistic children.

Twenty other businesses will make 90-second elevator pitches.

$200,000 was invested between all of the business who pitched at last year’s inaugural event.

One presenting business from the 2017 Shark Tank Virginia went on to try their pitch on ABC’s show Shark Tank. The episode aired in January.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

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