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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. 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.