Entrepreneurs Wanted For Steve Harvey’s New Competition Show On ABC

Winners will walk away with up to $100,000 to grow their businesses

Values Partnerships has been leading a nationwide casting tour supporting minority entrepreneurship and recruiting diverse voices to pitch on the hit ABC show Shark Tank for more than three years. Now the duo of Joshua DuBois and Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships are working with their longtime friend Mark Burnett and TV personality and businessman Steve Harvey on a new business show that is aimed at entrepreneurs and inventors. They are looking for new ideas, interesting products and services, and existing small businesses to pitch to a live studio audience.

The television series, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, brings together rival entrepreneurs who competitively pitch their ideas head-to-head in front of a live studio audience. The audience then votes on which entrepreneur will receive funding for his or her idea. Harvey, who will serve as host, will become the “funder of dreams,” as he brings his personal business experience and encouragement.

Growing Entrepreneurial Competition Shows

Budding and current entrepreneurs can win $10,000 to $100,000 to start or grow their businesses if they can convince a live studio audience that they deserve to be funded. In addition to existing small businesses, ideas that have yet to gain traction or funding are welcome to compete, says Andrews.

“I’m thrilled to have another passion project on the ABC schedule. This is just the type of show that gives folks a vehicle to breathe life into their dreams,” said Harvey in a released statement.

The show joins the latest lineup of reality television programming designed around entrepreneurship with a funding component including CNBC’s The Profit and NBC’s up-and-coming series Funded, co-staring Tyra Banks.

Increasing Access To Capital For Minority Businesses

Values Partnerships is a Washington, D.C.-based firm that helps foundations, nonprofit organizations, and private companies partner with faith-based, ethnic, and other grassroots influencers.

“We engage with thousands of entrepreneurs each year; access to capital is the No. 1 issue for entrepreneurs of color. The ideas are there, a new opportunity for entrepreneurs to receive funding to start or grow their businesses is exactly what our communities need,” Andrews told BlackEnterprise.com.

For Harvey, this comes off the success of Little Big Shots, which ranks as the biggest reality broadcast launch in nearly five years. He also hosts Celebrity Family Feud, which was a surprise hit for ABC last summer and was renewed for a second season. Harvey is arguably the hardest working man in show biz, adding The Miss Universe Pageant iconic brand to his hosting résumé.

Harvey’s highly anticipates the show will begin taping in fall 2016 with the premiere soon to follow. ABC has ordered 13 episodes of the series to debut later this year. To apply to ABC’s new business competition program, click here.

Did Chris Brown Threaten a Woman With a Gun? | Fox Live

Chris Brown is reportedly under investigation for threatening a woman with a gun. TMZ reports that a woman called 911 early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles claiming Brown had threatened her with a gun following an argument. It's believed that she showed up uninvited to the home alongside an invited guest and was asked to leave, leading to the argument.

Get the update http://www.tmz.com/2016/08/30/chris-brown-weapons-drugs-seized-gun-assault/

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Despite the tumultuous end to their relationship, Rihanna tells Oprah that ex-boyfriend Chris Brown is the love of her life. Watch as she explains how they've rebuilt trust and developed a close friendship. Plus, find out why Rihanna says she still loves Chris and wants him to find peace. 

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Jay Leno, Olympian Simone Manuel to kick off new 'Steve Harvey' season

Daytime meets primetime as Steve Harvey chats with former "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno on next month's fifth season premiere of "Steve Harvey."

Leno, who filmed the episode Thursday in Chicago, discusses the upcoming season of his CNBC show "Jay Leno's Garage," according to a "Steve Harvey" representative.

Harvey, who tapes his talk show at the WMAQ-Ch. 5 studios, also talks with gold-medal swimmer Simone Manuel and "Southside with You" stars Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers on the Sept. 6 premiere. Producers considered opening the fifth season with Harvey on a boat on the Chicago River with Sean "Diddy" Combs, but that plan was scrapped.

Daytime meets primetime as Steve Harvey chats with former "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno on next month's fifth season premiere of "Steve Harvey."

Leno, who filmed the episode Thursday in Chicago, discusses the upcoming season of his CNBC show "Jay Leno's Garage," according to a "Steve Harvey" representative.

Harvey, who tapes his talk show at the WMAQ-Ch. 5 studios, also talks with gold-medal swimmer Simone Manuel and "Southside with You" stars Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers on the Sept. 6 premiere. Producers considered opening the fifth season with Harvey on a boat on the Chicago River with Sean "Diddy" Combs, but that plan was scrapped.

Richard Branson Survives Bloody Bike Crash

Richard Branson has a new lease on life.

The 66-year-old billionaire and Virgin Group founder survived a terrible bike accident in the British Virgin Islands this week, and turned to social media and his company's website on Friday to share how he miraculously cheated death.

"I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a 'sleeping policeman' hump in the road head on," Branson explained on his Virgin.com blog. "The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes. I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life." 

Dog Elected Mayor Of Cormorant, Minnesota — Again

Duke may be the most popular politician in America, winning re-election for a landmark third time in a landslide. 

What’s his secret? Probably the fact that he’s a dog, and everyone loves dogs. 

In a vote held over the weekend, the 9-year-old Great Pyrenees won his third consecutive term as mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota. Voters paid $1 each to cast ballots in the election, which was held during the annual “Cormorant Daze” festival. 

Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie,” David Rick, Duke’s owner, told local ABC station WDAY. 

As mayor, Duke appears on three highway billboards promoting the community.