Published January 14, 2020


The City of DeSoto/DeSoto Economic Development Corporation to partner with Values Partnerships on their 2020 diversity casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank to find and support entrepreneurs in the Dallas area

DALLAS, TX – On January 26, 2020 Values Partnerships, the City of DeSoto and the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation will host a casting call for ABC’s Shark Tank at the Grow DeSoto Market Place in DeSoto, Texas. The event is the kickoff to a nationwide casting tour organized by Values Partnerships; designed to support diverse entrepreneurs and bring new ideas and voices to the show. At the event, casting producers from ABC’s Shark Tank will hear pitches from local entrepreneurs vying to pitch on Season 12 of the hit show.

“There is no location where the entrepreneurial spirit burns any more brightly than the Grow DeSoto Market Place, so it is the perfect venue for Shark Tank to seek out diverse new talent,” stated Curtistene S. McCowan, Mayor of the City of DeSoto. “Grow DeSoto was created as a small business incubator to encourage new merchants to be innovative while learning the basics of how to make their ventures succeed.”

In addition to casting for the show, pitch preparation, entrepreneurship resources, and access to capital discussions will be provided for entrepreneurs who attend. 

“We are excited to launch our Season 12 casting tour at the Grow DeSoto Market Place, said Brandon Andrews, Senior Consultant Values Partnerships. “Producer Mark Burnett and the Sharks want to hear pitches from passionate entrepreneurs representing every community, culture, and gender. We know DeSoto and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area will deliver! Entrepreneurs with spark and grit are everywhere; we just want to give them a chance to shine!

If selected for Season 12 of ABC’s Shark Tank, entrepreneurs will fly to Los Angeles, CA to pitch to the Sharks! Season 12 will premiere fall 2020.

A diverse group of entrepreneurs are expected to pitch at the event supported by the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, Options Real Estate, and The Industry Hub.

Following the Dallas event, casting calls are planned in local communities across the nation.

To pitch at the event, entrepreneurs may visit

Entrepreneurs who cannot make the event may visit to submit their pitch online. 

Grow DeSoto Market Place

The Grow DeSoto Market Place is a 26,000-square-foot space located in DeSoto, TX. This building once housed ACE Hardware as its anchor tenant for many years. The facility has since been repurposed and now houses a variety of restaurants, retail spaces, and offices for small business owners. This public-private partnership is the first of its kind and uniquely caters to start ups in the Best Southwest Region of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area.

Values Partnerships Values Partnerships (@VPIConsulting) uses the power of faith-based, ethnic, and community partnerships to solve problems, and change the world. We take on causes and clients we believe in – and then we work to build grassroots partnerships and advocacy campaigns to advance goals, and mobilize customers, constituencies and audiences worldwide.

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