Entrepreneurs can compete for a visit to the ‘Shark Tank’

On ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” great entrepreneurs come from everywhere, which is why U.S. Cellular teamed up with the show for a multi-faceted, first-of-its-kind campaign to provide access for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

U.S. Cellular has announced the “Shadow Shark Tank” sweepstakes, which provides one winner the opportunity to spend the day on the set of “Shark Tank” to observe aspiring entrepreneurs make their pitches, meet show insiders and ask questions. Entry is open to residents of select states, including Illinois, between now and Oct. 31 at

“At U.S. Cellular we support small business owners and entrepreneurs, and this sweepstakes will provide the winner with the unique experience of learning from some of the most determined business owners in the country,” said Cristel Turner, director of brand strategy and advertising for U.S. Cellular. “By teaming with ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ this summer for casting calls, we encountered inspiring entrepreneurs from around the country. Now we encourage all fans of the show to enter the sweepstakes for this exclusive opportunity.”

This summer U.S. Cellular sponsored three “Shark Tank” casting calls in Milwaukee, Des Moines, and Greenville, N.C.

“We were excited to hit the road this summer with U.S. Cellular to hear from entrepreneurs in and around smaller towns, and we were impressed by the quality of the unique business ideas we heard,” said Clay Newbill, “Shark Tank” executive producer.

No purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes. Official sweepstakes rules, prize limitations and eligibility requirements are available at

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