YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio —The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) announced the five companies pitching at 2022 Shark Tank, a contest based on ABC’s Shark Tank series.

YBI received over 75 applicants who pitched ideas for their businesses. A panel will explore and judge the ideas with all the businesses gaining exposure and possible investment.

This is YBI’s third Shark Tank fundraising event. It will be Oct. 6 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center in Youngstown. The contestants are competing for up to $10,000.

“They love this ‘SharkTank.’ New entrepreneurs, new businesses, startups, especially in Youngstown. People used to think, ‘ Youngstown, is it growing?’ Well, it’s growing all the time and this is a great way to showcase Youngstown with YBI,” said Lenny Fisher, CEO of Handel’s Ice Cream and ‘Shark.’

The five companies chosen include:

  • Aura Beauty – A company that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to deliver perfect-fit reuseable manicures to members every month.
  • Bikeshare: The first-ever micro-mobility platform in the city of Youngstown allowing patrons to cok a bike from one location and return them to another.
  • Juggerbot3D: An additive manufacturing machine builder with a hybrid additive system capable of processing both thermoplastic and thermoset materials
  • Morgan Technology: Provides building owners with operational insight ideal for older, existing structures that lack infrastructure because it employs wireless sensors that no not require batteries and transmits data using patent-pending radio technology.
  • Tailored Rings: Provides a perfect fit to anyone’s finger, not the knuckle. Each purchase goes toward a R&D campaign for Additive Manufacturing and Refractory Alloy Development.

This year’s panelists who will be judging the companies are:

  • Ray Mancini, entrepreneur and boxing legend
  • Ellen Tressel, board member for the Beatitude House, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation boards and “We See Tomorrow” campaign at Youngstown State University
  • Herb Washington, CEO and founder of HLW Fast Track Inc.
  • Lena Esmail, CEO and owner of QUICKmed Urgent Care
  • Tom Stabi, senior advisor and business consultant at Schrodel, Scullin & Bestic LLC
  • Lenny Fisher, CEO of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

Tickets for this year’s event are still available. More information is available online.