Nearly 200 Flock To SU For Chance To Pitch Ideas On Shark Tank - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Nearly 200 Flock To SU For Chance To Pitch Ideas On Shark Tank

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SALISBURY, Md. - From things that light up, to a sling to carry your pup, and how about body armor inspired by Iron Man!

"The original model had swords that came out of the bottom," says designer JeanPaul Badjo, a senior at UMES.  Luckily, he couldn't travel with the swords (or flame thrower).

Nearly 200 entrepreneurs made their way to Salisbury University Friday, for the chance to pitch their business ideas on ABC's hit show Shark Tank!

Why Delmarva?  Casting manager Mindy Zemrak, says, why not? "You can go to a small town and you can have a great big company or idea that's happening there," says Zemrak.

Rick Long from Prince Georges County,Maryland is hoping to make bank with his Fishoff Gloves.
"Grab your fish, release it, or what ever you do with it, and then your hands are clean and safe, right back to your rod, right back to the wheel," says Long.

The reality show features would-be entrepreneurs, pitching business ideas to a panel of potential investors, or "sharks."

Shannon's Gourmet Bakery from Baltimore is confident her cookies will go a long way.

And SU grad Robin Jenks Vanderlip believes her company My Great Garden is more than just a money maker; it's a chance to empower people with disabilities.    

"I want to create a franchise model that allows them to have their own business, and we would manage the schedule, the training, and collection of money," says Vanderlip.

Gardening helped her heal after a crippling brain injury left the woman mute, after hitting her head years ago.

Now, she creates custom vegetable gardens for other people.

So, what's the biggest tip from the people doing the picking?  According to Zemrak, "know your numbers, and have a lot of energy and passion about what it is you're bringing into The Tank."

The entrepreneurs who made it past Friday's audition will go through a few more rounds before potentially making it in front of the Sharks for a taping.

Anyone who does make it that far would tape in September and the season will run until May 2015.

We also just found out that our casting call had record numbers today.

There were almost 200 people that came out, the highest a Shark Tank casting has ever seen. 

Folks at today's tryout also have the option to be featured in 47 ABC's $4,000 "Delmarva's Choice Web Competition".

They'll submit a video pitch, to be posted on our website, and visitors can pick a winner.  That contest starts on May 19th.

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