The Fish Bowl Experience Comes to UHD
Pitch To Win For Your Business Nov. 9
By Sheryl E. Taylor
Every Veteran’s Day weekend, UHD alum Marcus Bowers (’11) hosts The Fish Bowl Experience. Similar to the TV series Shark Tank), the event offers a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs (college graduates or vets) to pitch an idea to a panel of multimillionaires who are college graduates and veterans. Last year, the first business idea received $30,000 to open a Houston restaurant.
This year, the potential stakes are even higher. Veterans and college graduates are encouraged to “Pitch to Win for Your Business” for an opportunity to win $50,000.
”If you are a veteran and or college graduate and have a startup or an already proven business model you’d like to expand, register for The Fish Bowl Experience ... pitch your plan and our team of wealthy business owners will award qualifying entrepreneurs investments worth up to $50K,” said the co-founder and CEO of the multimillion dollar business She’s Happy Hair. “It’s not just about handing out thousands of dollars to simply fund a business. Our panel will sit on the board of the winning company, help the CEO hone his or her business-model and guide their progress every step of the way.”
Bowers also emphasized that “it’s about letting people know that the military can be a major stepping stone to improving your business and your life.”
To pitch your business or attend this free event, registration is required or text the word "FISH" to 888-111 or for more information visit thefishbowlexperience.com.
Additionally, this month’s Gator Grit, moderated by UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, will feature Bowers 10-11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Welcome Center’s TDECU Tour Room. Registration is encouraged.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.