‘Shark Tank’-style business competition returns to Milwaukee’s west side

A “Shark Tank”-style business competition that seeks to fill storefronts on the city’s near west side is seeking another round of applicants.

Rev-Up MKE, sponsored by the non-profit Near West Side Partners, along with representatives from Marquette University and Town Bank, culminates Sept. 14 with a live pitch event at the Rave/Eagles Ballroom where each finalist will present before a panel of judges.

It’s been three years since the last competition.

“We’ve gotten so many requests asking about when Rev-Up MKE was coming back, that we’re excited to finally be able to say we’re bringing it back,” said Kelsey Otero, project lead for the competition and Director of Innovation at Marquette.

The winner, who will be announced at the Sept. 14 live pitch, will receive significant resources to support their new venture including $10,000 in cash and $25,000 of in-kind services such as small business mentoring, advertising, and architectural assistance.

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