UofL College of Business partners with Dream Funders for Season 2


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville College of Business is teaming up with WBNA’s “Dream Funders,” Louisville’s local “Shark Tank” style television series, for the show’s second season.

    The relationship will enhance the business coaching aspect of the show. The program will now include a UofL review panel that will provide “post-pitch” analysis of what the Dreamers did right and what they did wrong. The advice provided by UofL’s panel of experts will give Dreamers, as well as viewers, insights into what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

    “We are proud to partner with WBNA and Dream Funders in the exciting collaboration that will expand the education and funding opportunities for the region’s entrepreneurs,” said Van Clouse, Director, UofL’s Forcht Center of Entrepreneurship.

    “Dream Funders” launches its second season on WBNA TV21 this November. The program puts local entrepreneurs (Dreamers) together with Louisville’s top venture capitalists and business coaches (Funders) to create great local television. WBNA created the show to help Louisville dream big and highlight the city as a dynamic, entrepreneurially focused town. “It’s ‘Shark Tank’ with a heart, connecting Dreamers with the Funders and Coaches,” said Tom Fawbush, GM of WBNA.

    Dream Funders is also looking for the entrepreneur. Potential Dreamers can present their idea to the folks who can help them live the dream by going to www.LouisvilleDreamFunders.com and submit their name to begin the application process to be on the show. 

    The program is hosted by Melissa Fraser, Partner at Strothman and Company CPAs and produced by BMB Productions and WBNA TV21. BMB Productions are the producers “of Secrets of Louisville Chefs.”

    For more information, contact Janet Cappiello at janet.cappiello@louisville.edu or 502-852-1104.


    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.