Shark Tank Open Casting Call to Provide Entrepreneurs with Pitching Opportunities during Run for the Unicorns

Run for the Unicorns 2019, assembling the top innovators in fintech, ICOs and blockchain technology in Louisville, Kentucky, during Derby Week, will be starting strong on April 29 with a Shark Tank casting call and a VIP investor dinner. The open call casting session will take place at the University Club in Louisville.

Featuring some of the hottest startups and Fortune 500 companies, Run for the Unicorns 2019 will consist of industry keynote speeches, classes, tutorials, product and startup demos aimed at helping companies boost their reputations and reveal the latest in the world of fintech.

The Shark Tank open casting call will give business owners and entrepreneurs an opportunity to make a one-minute pitch to a member of the show’s casting team. This is the exact same process that participants must go through in order to make it to the show.

To complete the open call, candidates will need to download and complete an application packet ( All of the open call pitches will be public. Due to the high interest, entrepreneurs and business owners will be provided with a chance to pitch only one idea during the event.

More information about the Shark Tank open call is available at

Shark Tank is an award-winning ABC reality series. Since its launch in 2009, the show has contributed to deals worth over $100 million. Currently in its tenth season, the show is often credited with reinvigorating entrepreneurship in the U.S. The so-called ‘Shark Tank effect’ is a documented phenomenon. A strong showing on the program can boost company revenues by anywhere from 10 to 20 times.

While the Shark Tank open call marks the first official Run for the Unicorns 2019 event, there will also be a pre-conference hackathon, scheduled to take place from April 26-28. The event will run for more than 54 hours, and its aim is to enable the creation of the next big fan apps, e-sports games and video campaigns powered by blockchain, artificial intelligence and XR.

RUN19Hacks will take place at the Engineering Education Garage at the University of Louisville. Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of experience level. The hackathon challenges amateur teams to use data, content and APIs to execute a vision aimed at improving the mobile experience, developing new apps and even discovering innovative business models.

Apart from these two early events, Run for the Unicorns 2019 will also feature a trip on the Bourbon Trail, a VIP investor dinner, a poker tournament, two conference days and a Unicorn Ball.

For more information, visit the event’s website at