Brandon Andrews Discusses Casting Black Entrepreneurs on ‘Shark Tank’
Entrepreneur and co-founder of Gauge brandon andrew was a guest on the latest episode of Bloomberg’s Black Business Beat podcast.
On the podcast, Andrews discussed her work with social impact agency Values Partnerships, which hosts a high-profile national casting tour for NBC. Shark tank. Andrews told Bloomberg the show is hosting virtual and in-person events across the United States, ensuring those watching at home can see themselves in the entrepreneurs pitching their ideas on the show.
“I believe in going where the entrepreneurs are rather than bringing them to us”, andrew says the podcast. “Go to local coworking spaces, black-owned cafes, black-owned coworking spaces.”
Past casting events have taken place at The Gentlemen’s Factory in Brooklyn, NY; The Create Space in Los Angeles, California; The Gathering Place in Atlanta, GA; The Hattiloo Theater in Memphis, TN; Rainbow PUSH Coalition HQ in Chicago, IL, and other locations.
Andrews also spoke about her desire to feature black entrepreneurs on the show and positively impact every business beyond the show — something that shark tank producer Marc Burnett supported.
“We always prepare the pitch with the entrepreneurs. andrew added. “We always invite people from the local entrepreneurship ecosystem to share information with entrepreneurs.”
Black businesses and entrepreneurs have received a huge boost during the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement. Black people – especially black women – have used the pandemic to reset their lives and take control of their future by starting their own business. The Black Lives Matter movement has emphasized social equity and the challenges black Americans face in business and banking, including access to credit, start-up capital, and more. As a result, there has been a 30% increase in Black-owned businesses compared to before the pandemic.
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