News Release

City of Henderson Looking for Entrepreneurs with Great Ideas for “Start-Tank” Business Pitch Competition

September 28, 2017
Henderson, Nev. – The City of Henderson is looking for entrepreneurs with the next great business idea to take the jump into the city’s Shark Tank-style pitch competition. Along with expert advice, contestants will have the chance to win cash and prizes.

Entrepreneurs entering the “Start Tank” competition will have their businesses or concepts reviewed by a panel of experts who have helped launch dozens of successful ventures. The panel will select the contestants who will move forward to the competition, which will be held in the College of Southern Nevada, Henderson Campus auditorium on Oct. 21. The event is open to the public. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 10 for review.

“Henderson is filled with innovative thinkers and we’re sure someone out there has the next great idea,” said Barbra Coffee, the City of Henderson’s Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “We wanted to give these new businesses a stage to perfect their pitch, along with access to experts who can evaluate their businesses and help them grow.”

Contestants will compete for a share of $4,000 in cash and prizes, plus increased exposure for their business or concept.

Applicants for the city’s “Start Tank” competition must create a 2-minute video posted to YouTube and complete the online application at The submissions chosen for a pitch at the event will be announced on Oct. 16.

The city is partnering with University of Nevada Las Vegas Office of Economic Development, Parallel Innovations Lab, Bank of Nevada, TSK Architects and the College of Southern Nevada for the competition.

For more information about the competition or Henderson Economic Development, visit

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