Last night I the most AMAZING experience at the Miller Lite “From Dreamers to CEO’s” with Shark Tank’s Daymond John!! #tapTheFuture Atlanta’s own Kenny Burns hosted this “live pitch” event at the Opera Atlanta Nightclub.
Four semifinalists stood before a live audience and a panel including Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and delivered their best business pitch. The semifinalist with the best pitch of the night won $20K and went on to the National Finals where they will compete for the $200K grand prize. Six lucky audience members were also randomly selected to pitch their business on the spot. Daymond and the panel of judges provided their expert advice an the best of the three was awarded a $500 American Express gift card!
Check out Daymond’s grand entrance:
I almost didn’t come… It scares me to think about it because MY TWIN SISTER was a rock star at the event. She said to me, “Girl, this man is a genius!! You’ve never heard of Shark Tank? Get off your behind and come get me NOW!”
You see… my sister has a business of her own, TyCam Collections . It’s a wonderful collection of hand-made knitted scarfs and accessories. ANYtime I get a chance to help promote or jumpstart her project… I’m there! I was so tickled to see all of her equipment packed into my car. If there was a chance to pitch to her idol… she was taking it! The audience members were selected by a drawing (business cards in a bucket) and my sis wasn’t picked… but that didn’t stop her. The next thing I knew… she was CHOSEN to ask Daymond a question and my mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe she had the guts to ask a personal question about her business but HE LISTENED and so did everyone else. She was so passionate & sincere… he even offered to help her after the event! I almost fainted. LOL! And surely we followed him in to the VIP area where he spoke with her, asked for her card and connected Fe with his personal assistant!! By the end of the night… people were asking for HER card. Another GREAT example of “seizing the moment”. It runs in the family 🙂
This was truly an inspiring event for ALL entrepreneurs. Sending a very special thanks to Daniel for the wonderful hospitality! Enjoy the pics I snapped of all the contestants and winners of the competition -)