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Aggie Shark Tank Gearing Up to Showcase and Launch New Businesses

The fifth annual Aggie Shark Tank, sponsored by the Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship and hosted by Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Avenue in Las Cruces. The event allows NMSU student and alumni entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to local and national “sharks” for the chance to gain investment or other types of assistance to help their business grow.


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Sisbarro Dealerships owner Lou Sisbarro, Mesilla Valley Transportation owner Royal Jones, Todd Bisio, co-founder, president and CEO of Albuquerque-based software development company Catapult, Inc., and Beto Pallares, fund manager of Arrowhead Innovation Fund, participated in the 2018 Shark Tank event hosted by Arrowhead Center at NMSU. This year's event will take place Oct. 3 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Avenue. (NMSU courtesy photo)

Aggie Shark Tank is open to the public from 4-6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. Sharks are local investors and nationwide venture capitalists eager to see new businesses, and include Beto Pallares, fund manager of Arrowhead Innovation Fund; Samara Mejia Hernandez, founding partner of Chingona Ventures; Lou Sisbarro, cofounder of Sisbarro Dealerships; and Jason Torres, a healthcare angel investor.

“We’re grateful that there are leaders in business who are willing to share not only their financial investment in our students and alumni, but also crucial advice and connections from their years of experience,” said Carlos Murguia, Arrowhead Center’s Shark Tank manager.

Sisbarro appreciates seeing the new ideas that come out of students and alumni.

“Aggie Shark Tank is one of my favorite things to be involved with,” said Sisbarro. “Since its creation we’ve seen the program grow and the students’ new business ideas really grow and expand. It’s exciting to be a part of it and I look forward to this year’s Shark Tank experience.”

While the audience is not solicited for investment of any kind, it’s a great way to watch and learn about new developments coming from student and alumni startup businesses, and join participants at the reception. Get your free tickets today by registering at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aggie-shark-tank-sponsored-by-the-hunt-center-for-entrepreneurship-tickets-64553573476?aff=efbeventtix.

Learn more about the program at http://sharktank.nmsu.edu. For more information, contact Carlos Murguia at cmurguia@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2025.