Shark Tank Auditions & Casting

Learn about Shark Tank Auditions & Casting times right here on the number one resource for the hit TV show.

Fans requesting Shark Tank auditions & casting information increase eachyear as the hit TV show continues to increase in popularity.  Fans of all ages want to know how they can get on and share their ideas and products. Many need funding to seed their fledgling businesses.

The Shark Tank Auditions and Castings Guide is not affiliated with The Shark Tank on ABC, but we aim to be helpful. We have put together this page to show people exactly how to request  auditions and hopefully be cast on the show.

If you want to know how to get on Shark Tank, this is the place for you.

Open Auditions and Casting Calls: TBA

Shark Tank Open Casting Call Application Form.

Before you apply for an audition, you should do the following:

One of the first things the Sharks ask any entrepreneur with a physical product is “do you have a patent?” If you plan on getting on Shark Tank, you should, at the very least,  file for a provisional patent; this protects your invention and allows you to tell the Sharks it is “patent pending.” You can file for a provisional patent at the US Patent Office Website. If you find the information on the Patent Office site confusing, there are a couple of online guides that provide all the forms necessary for filing for a provisional patent and they come with instructions.

The first provisional patent guide provides a complete written instructional walk-through of the entire process and comes with all forms for filing a provisional patent. You can get the first Provisional Patent Kit by clicking HERE.

The second provisional patent guide provides written and video instructions along with all the updated forms. You can get the second Provisional Patent Kit by clicking HERE.

Many people will want to contact an attorney to complete the patent paperwork. You can consult a local Patent Attorney or check out LegalZoom, an affordable online law firm that specializes in Patent Applications. You can find out more about LegalZoom by clicking HERE.

While you are getting your patent applications out of the way, you will need to apply to the show. According to the ABC website:

“The producers of the ABC reality series Shark Tank are on a nationwide search to discover the next successful – and possibly wealthy – entrepreneurs, inventors, businesspersons, dreamers, promoters, creators and innovators. In each episode, budding entrepreneurs are given the unprecedented chance to make their business dreams come true.

Whether you just have an idea, are a start up, or are already operating successfully and looking to expand, if you feel you have a lucrative business/idea and could use financial backing then Shark Tank is just the show for you. Casting is looking for aspiring entrepreneurs who can pitch their breakthrough business concepts, products, properties and services to moguls in hopes of landing investment funds. If selected, five self-made, brilliant, but tough investors (the Sharks) could be willing to part with their own hard-earned cash and provide you the funding you need to jumpstart your idea. But the Sharks aren’t just out to invest; they too have a goal — to own a piece the venture.

Your business idea should be top-notch and something the Sharks will really want to sink their teeth into. It might even spark a bidding war between them. Who knows – you could be the fortunate entrepreneur who gets the Sharks to reveal the true level of their interest and bid up the price of your investment!

Apply now for your chance to enter the Shark Tank and see if your idea is good enough for a Shark investment.”

Casting usually starts after the first of the year with potential contestants getting contacted throughout the spring. Compelling businesses can submit an application at any time, however. Taping usually starts in June and finishes in September. For  complete information on Shark Tank casting, read the entire Shark Tank Casting Information page HERE. You will also need to agree to the ABC/Disney TERMS OF SERVICE. You may apply to the show via email at
Please include your name, age, contact info, a recent photo, and a brief, NON-CONFIDENTIAL description of your idea. You may also want to fill out an application form for Shark Tank.

So now that you have all the paperwork complete, you should go back and watch as many re runs of Shark Tank as you can. Take notes. See what entrepreneurs did well and see where others messed up their pitch. Get a bead on the different Sharks’ “hot buttons” and see how they respond to different pitch approaches. Make sure you know all your financial figures. Don’t be afraid if you don’t have a lot of sales, it is more important to have a good product and a great attitude. The Sharks look for that “never say die” attitude as much as they look at financials. Make sure you present your product or service in a clear and concise manner and let those Sharks know how they can make money with you.

That’s how to be included in Shark Tank Auditions & Casting.


  1. season 5 is alive
    cmon sharks

    jeff larson

  2. Do the Shark Tanks invest in businesses outside the USA?
    Can a business in UK, or Africa apply?


    • I believe it is USA only for Shark Tank. The UK has a similar show called Dragon’s Den, as does Canada. Not sure about Africa – maybe “Lion’s Den?” ;)

  3. todd whitacre says:

    ok you aim to inform people on shark tank. then help me out! the beverly garden LA says no camping out, no lining up before so how the hell do you insure you are the one to get the wristband?

  4. Todd, are you going to the LA audition tomorrow? How are you going to go about “lining up”?

  5. Dukins venord says:

    I need to find when , they are going to have
    A invention show, in Boston Ma.
    Why can the little people can get a break,we
    Could create companys.only if we know how

    I you know how go to

    • Hi Dunkins, I attended the casting call in L.A. for a product. What I don’t understand is the message above says that the casting calls are not affiliated with shark tank ABC, but offers information. I am also from the Boston area.

      • Diane Dominice says:

        Kim, casting agency’s are separate company’s , They are hired to cast folks. into the Shark Tank etc.
        Therefore Shark Tank cannot be held liable for their actions.

  6. so the casting call in L.A., is that casting call not affiliated with with ABC shark tank? above it mentions that it’s not. Am I misunderstanding??

  7. I have been calling everywhere I can imagine trying to see if my application has even been addressed. Is there anyone who can give me any information?

    • Diane Dominice says:

      I’s just submit your application again. I understand that you most likely won’t get a call till spring. so it’s a little off. you have time to sell more prior to getting on the show.

  8. I have a heritage item, very upscale collectable series i created thats good enough for Roman Abramovichs kids. I would be honored to show whoever’s in charge .


  9. Hello blog world, I need contacts like one or two guys has on the Shark Tank.
    I am now manufacturing, my patented, trade mark register invention, and so far it’s been all me. I am not a marketer, or a worldwide sales expert.
    I do know every person in just the USA could use four (4) of my Bug Not’s, so the sales numbers are over the 300 million, for the USA, with profits of half that.
    Give me a poke, by email and let’s start to make this happen

    • Diane Dominice says:

      since you have a patent, I’d just cold all all the company’s that you think that will be interested in your product.
      All they can do is say not now, later. Then call the next day and speak to someone else. and Call all the company’s that could use it. as well as go in person to the locations near you that could possibly have a use for your product.

  10. I need help getting my idea off the ground. I need a working prototype made so that I can present my invention to the SharkTank and manufacturers. My invention will be a solid hit worth millions. My invention does not exist anywhere in the US or abroad. If you are able to help me please contact me. Thank you.

  11. I have a patent 2/6/2013 , on a engineered seal for all types of respirators and surgical masks, that tested ( 7/31/2014 Test outline created by independent testing firm and NPPTL, NIOSH, CDC ) a 459% improvement Fit Factor on human faces . With Ebola , other Viruses and any hazard, you can’t have personal protection equipment ( PPE ) that leaks unfiltered hazard between face and respirator or mask ( Inward Leakage ) , My seal eliminates Inward Leakage witch present day application show a 33.5% or more failure ( published 3/31/2013 Health News ) and respirator manufactures don’t seem to care as long as they sell what they have. We have developed a special skin adhesive that has past all skin sensitivity tests and allows easy application to all masks and respirators . With Ebola viruses or any hazard PPE must be fully disposable , inexpensive to produce, easy to ship and for the masses of people, are seal is . this needs to be out and available now . Need help in all aspects
    Thank You

  12. Robert Vincent says:

    As a student of patent law, I think this website provides some incredibly misleading advice regarding patent law. First of all, not everything is patentable. See MPEP 2106. Second, it is strongly recommended that these people consult with an attorney before disclosing anything to see if they want to try and keep their method of production a trade secret instead of attempting to patent it.
    Most importantly, a provisional patent APPLICATION provides NO patent protection, it is merely a place holder for an applicant to file a non-provisional patent application and begin patent prosecution. Furthermore, “patent pending” only signals to buyers that there MAY be a patent on the product on the future, but provides no recourse for infringement until a patent finally issues. The damages clock also would not start UNLESS and UNTIL the patent issues.

    I have seen at least one or two episodes where a person who has been selling their product for more than 1 year attempt to say they had a “provisional patent”. The on-sale bar will always prevent a patent in that situation where a person attempts to patent their invention more than one year after their first sale. See MPEP 2133 If an applicant makes a false statement on Shark Tank, i.e. “I have a patent”, this may constitute fraud and the applicant will have his or her offer revoked and their company may be sued.

    Patent law is an extremely complicated field and requires significant expertise, especially since the passage of the America Invents Act, switching from a first to invent to a first to file system. Anyone seeking to protect their intellectual property should see an attorney and should not attempt to file for a patent application on their own. Even if they are successful in securing a patent, they may still find themselves making one or more rookie mistakes in drafting patent claims, which can make or break any prospective licensing deals.

  13. sergio lopez says:

    And I would love to be at the shark tank show !!!!

  14. Right now the Shark Tank website says that there’s open Casting Calls for Vegas Jan 8, and Miami Jan 15. Does anyone know if they do any other Casting Calls held in the spring or do they only do it at the beginning of the year? Is it better to attend a casting call or just apply via email to shark tank casting? Thanks kindly for your response. ~Tami

  15. Also, if you show up to live casting calls will you for sure been seen? Do they extend they days of open calls if they have too many people to see?

  16. Hopefully Shark Tank will have more people of color on the show, as much as I love watching it is amazing that you can go an entire season with maybe one person of color but most times non at all. I have attended 2 open calls the number of people color out numbered everyone there so its odd that they havent come across any great ideas or business from spanish, african americans, korean, oriental , indian or native americans. Just m thoughts and observations we would like to live the american dream as well.

  17. we can apply shark tank email thru and attend an open casting call we can do both or only one way ?and if we get phone call interview from shark tank how long its take still I can attend casting call?

    • You can do both. Many people apply multiple times. You won’t hear from them unless they’re interested – it’s a “don’t callus- we’ll call you” deal.

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