The Startup Hour— a new business-themed reality program that lets TV viewers watch entrepreneurs pitch their ideas — will be in Orlando on March 26 to film startup pitches at Canvs, the co-working space at The Church Street Exchange building in downtown.
Unlike Shark Tank, where the judges decide which companies receive funding, The Startup Hour‘s viewers interact and become part of the show in new ways, including mobile text investing and voting, crowdfunding campaigns and staying engaged with the companies. The show also uses new technology that helps both startups and investors navigate the necessary documents and compliances.
Registered and accredited viewers will be able to make equity investments in startups, and all viewers will have access to additional second and third screen content including projections, Excel spreadsheets, valuations, interviews, press and other information during and after the show on their mobile devices, tablets and PCs.
“We are really excited to come to Orlando,” said Executive Producer Jonathan Block. “I was fortunate to meet Ron Ben-Zeev, co-organizer of Orlando’s 1 Million Cups and Startup Weekend at The Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City about a year and a half ago. Ron educated me on all the exciting startup and technology developments going on in Orlando. We hope we can help fortify local startups and increase the momentum of the past couple of years.”