SOURCE: Coastal Shows

Coastal Shows

April 17, 2014 10:00 ET

Rock-Star Entrepreneurs Invited to Attend Casting Call for "American Gnuity" Reality Show

Entrepreneur-Focused Reality Show to Hold Casting Call at CFGE Crowdfund Entrepreneur Summit in Austin

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Entrepreneurs and inventors are invited to apply to be the next reality star, getting funding and fame for their companies at the upcoming Coastal Shows Crowdfund Global Expo (CFGE) Crowdfunding Entrepreneur Summit, May 29-30 at the Austin Hilton, with sponsors such as the Austin Chamber of Commerce, AssetAvenue, Patch of Land, Self Directed IRA Services, Inc. and "American Gnuity."

The casting call for the new reality TV show "American Gnuity" will be held in conjunction with two days of intensive crowdfunding education and panels at the CFGE summit. The conference comes at a unique time, as Texas considers a rule change at the State Securities Board to enable non-accredited investors to invest in startups and other private offerings, allowing for state-level crowdfunding to occur in Texas. 

"Austin is becoming one of the places to launch a start-up," says "American Gnuity" creator Rod Blanchard. "We knew we wanted to do a casting call for the pilot season of our show here. Since Coastal Shows is one of the leaders in the crowdfunding industry, and they're holding the conference here, it was a perfect fit."

"American Gnuity" will allow accredited investors from all over the nation to invest in the companies on the show, as they go through an eight-week on-air accelerator program, with special guest star judges helping to increase the valuation of the companies along the way. In "American Idol" fashion, viewers will vote with their investment dollars, as companies that receive the least amount are eliminated.

"Our crowdfunding summits are about ingenuity," says Andrea Downs, CEO of Coastal Shows and conference organizer. "We bring the best speakers, sponsors and communities together, immersing them in education that will bring tangible results. When we connected with Rod and his team at "American Gnuity," we knew they were a production company that we wanted to bring to our attendees. Their show is made possible by landmark JOBS Act legislation that allows for general solicitation to occur. What a novel idea, letting America vote with their investment dollars!"

The casting call will take place May 29 and 30 at the Austin Hilton during the summit, with a live taping for the finalists held at the Capital Factory on June 1 and 2.

While the casting call will be open to the public, attendees with badges to the CFGE Crowdfund Entrepreneur Summit will get VIP access to the casting call, skipping the long lines.

Coastal Shows' conference will gather experts within the crowdfunding industry, along with entrepreneurs, investors and crowdfunders, to the Lone Star State. Panels will focus on everything from helping women secure funding to marketing and PR advice for would-be crowdfunders to small business lending experts. The event will be co-located with a real estate and alternative assets summit that will also take place May 29 and 30 at the Hilton.

With one-day or two-day tickets available, learn about a growing market and network with top influencers by contacting info@coastalshows.com or visiting www.coastalshows.com for more information on sponsoring, speaking at or attending. Members of the media wanting a press pass or interviews can contact evelyn@leverage-pr.com

About Coastal Shows
Coastal Shows operates as an international, full-service media company providing top-tier, tech-related educational experiences in the form of multifunctional events and tradeshows. Coastal Shows aims to deliver an elite and informative experience that connects attendees through innovative panel formats and exclusive access to current industry professionals. Coastal Shows' team includes previous founders of the most prominent private conference, tradeshow and business publications media company in the wireless industry.

About American Gnuity
American Gnuity is a reality television show that offers online, in-studio and TV audiences the chance to contribute to or invest in business projects introduced by American entrepreneurs. Millions of Americans already share the vision of sharing their resources to jumpstart the economy, and during the last three months of 2013, raising funds through non-equity crowdfunding portals accounted for eight percent of all capital-raising activities. With innovative technologies and new laws favoring the small business owner, there has never been a better time to reestablish America as the land of opportunity!