“The Startup Hour,” a new business-themed reality program that encourages everyday TV viewers to watch entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas and then invest in them, will be in Kansas City on March 17.
The show will be filming startup pitches 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. downtown at the Innovation Café, a co-working space for entrepreneurs.
“Kansas City has been a second home to me the last few years; in fact, our team is largely made up of Kansas City residents,” says Executive Producer Jonathan Block. “The tightly knit startup community here is unique and the next five years should see an explosion of growth. We hope we can help to fortify local startups and strengthen the emerging startup and technology momentum.”
Unlike ABC’s hit “Shark Tank,” where the judges decide which companies receive funding, “The Startup Hour” viewers interact and become part of the show through mobile text investing, voting and crowdfunding campaigns and stay engaged with the companies through digital resources available during and after the show.
The first step to getting on “The Startup Hour” is submitting a video pitch. (Get the details online here.) The show will premiere on May 13 in select markets, including KC, and will also be available to live stream.