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Published on March 19th, 2015 | by Tracey Lincoln



Starting February 6, entrepreneurs and business partners can submit applications to be entered into a three-phase contest: February 6 through April 10, 2015, entrepreneurs 21 and older can apply by submitting business information through

The Original Lite Beer Is Looking to Reward Entrepreneurs for Originality and Passion

CHICAGO (February 9, 2015) – Miller Lite Tap the Future is searching for passionate entrepreneurs working to make their business dreams a reality. Entrepreneurs with authentic business ideas can compete for a grand prize of more than $200,000 and receive expert advice from Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Thirty semi-finalists will be selected to compete in live pitch events in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Detroit throughout the month of July. John and a panel of expert judges will select one business in each city to win $20,000 and advance to the national finals.

Six finalists will present before a national panel of judges in Chicago in September, where one team will win the $200,000 grand prize.

In its two-year run, Tap the Future has garnered more than 4,000 entries, has awarded $700,000 in funding and has driven its alums towards success. The most recent grand prize winners are a group of former fraternity brothers that founded Bellhops, a national moving service that utilizes college students to facilitate residential moves at an affordable cost. Other program winners include Notre Dame alums Sean O’Brien and Evan Wray of Swyft Media, a sticker and emoji company that mobile messaging apps, such as Viber, Kik, Tango and Paltalk, can utilize as part of their services. Poised for success, the company was recently acquired for $27 million just one year after winning the grand prize.

“The original light beer exists because Frederick Miller followed his passion against all odds, so it is important for Miller Lite to support entrepreneurs who want to pursue theirs,” said Steve Canal, MillerCoors manager of community commerce and partnerships. “Not only does Miller Lite Tap the Future offer entrepreneurs the chance to interact with top business experts like Daymond John, but it also provides the tools and funding resources to help bring great ideas to life.”

Miller Lite Tap the Future has partnered with South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual music, film and interactive conference and festival taking place March 13-22 in Austin, Texas. Attendees that visit the Miller Lite booth will have the opportunity to submit an application, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and share original ideas.

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