Deadline Nears to Apply for YBI Shark Tank Competition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Entrepreneurs must act quickly to apply for a spot in the Youngstown Business Incubator’s Shark Tank event in October, where they could win a share of at least $30,000 in prize awards.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 1. Go to

YBI has announced the prize total has the potential to increase if certain fundraising goals are met.

The YBI Shark Tank, slated for Oct. 19, will offer a group of entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their ideas to the YBI celebrity sharks and potential investors in front of a live audience at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.

In 2022, more than 70 startup entrepreneurs and innovators applied, with five selected to present their pitches.

YBI Shark Tank is the largest fund-raiser of the year for the incubator.

Throughout 2022, YBI served over 500 clients through its programs and initiatives: Evolve Technology Entrepreneurship, Additive Manufacturing, International-YBI, Minority Business Assistance Center, Women in Entrepreneurship, Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth Xperience.

Pictured at top: Pictured at top: Lenny Fisher, left, CEO and owner of Handel’s Ice Cream and title sponsor for this year’s YBI Shark Tank, poses with five of the sharks. From left are Ellie Platt, John Masternick, Martha Bushey, Danny Catullo and Herb Washington. Not pictured is Chris Davis.