PORTLAND, Maine — The ABC show “Shark Tank” plans to host a casting call this summer in Portland, seeking businesses that can pitch their concepts to a panel of high-profile investors.
The show listed Portland on its website for a casting call some time in July or August. A location has not been announced, but the show makes its application available online.
The show is open to the public as well as people with existing businesses and asks for a one-minute pitch of a business product or idea. The open call guarantees the first 500 applicants will get an audience with first-round judges.
The show in 2012 featured Cousins Maine Lobster in an appearance that won the company national exposure and a $55,000 investment from panelist and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran.
Cousins Maine Lobster started with a series of food trucks in Los Angeles, California, and has since started franchising the food truck business, with 10 locations in the southern United States, according to the company’s website.
The founder of a Scarborough startup appeared on the show last year to pitch his product to fix bad hair in the morning without taking a shower.
In addition to Corcoran, the show’s panel of investors has included Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Magnolia Pictures and Landmark Theatres, and Daymond John, founder of the clothing company FUBU.
The casting call comes after the magazine Popular Mechanics profiled Portland in its “Startup Cities” series and will come a little more than a year after the city hosted the first Maine Startup and Create Week that focused on entrepreneurship in the state.