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For an entrepreneur looking to grow his or her startup business they might pitch their business idea to a local angel investor, but for Michael Palmisano, B.S.'14, winner of the 2014 University of Baltimore "Rise to the Challenge" pitch competition, he's going a different direction—an investor from the network television show Shark Tank on ABC.

Palmisano, an entrepreneur who currently has an office in UB's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation incubation space, traveled to the Eastern Shore of Maryland for an open casting call. In early May the critically-acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, scrutinized the business pitches of 320 businesses at the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University, including Palmisano's business Guitargate.

Mindy Zemrak, casting manager for the ABC business competition reality show, supervised the audition filming. Zemrak explained that all entrants are required to film a short one-minute video that will be forwarded to the casting offices of the Emmy-winning show for review and possible selection. If Shark Tank is interested, Palmisano will hear something in the next two to three weeks.

Palmisano is president and founder of Guitargate, an online step-by-step practical way to learn music theory. Guitargate's objective is to provide world-class guitar school experience — online. In addition to professional instruction, students are part of an engaged social online community. This innovative business has already seeing profits two years after his initial launch.

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