audition for the pilot Episode!
Do you look out at the world and think — this should just work differently? Ever pitch your friends on what you would launch or build, if only you had the skills, the resources, the time? Do you hear the stories of innovators and entrepreneurs and wonder if that could be you?
If so, we’d like to hear from you.
You‘ve seen those business reality shows where contestants pitch
their products in hopes of winning big bucks from an investor.
Business Unusual is completely different. It‘s about using the tools
of the entrepreneur to launch a different world.
You‘ve seen shows where chefs, designers and singers compete to
show they‘ve got what it takes. On Business Unusual, innovators
compete to change their workplaces and schools, their industries
and communities - their world. To replace the way we do things
today with something better.
Apply to be a contestant on the pilot episode of Business Unusual, the TV series that challenges participants to generate disruptive ventures and initiatives to launch a better world. You can apply as an individual or as a team of up to four people.
You provide the ideas and drive. Business Unusual provides the stage and platform for you to transform your great idea into a viable innovation.
HOW TO APPLY
We can only consider applicants who have completed all 3 steps. If selected as a potential contestant, you’ll also be contacted by our producing team for an informational conversation via video call.
Make a 1-3 minute video. Got a smartphone, maybe a friend who can help? Great. It doesn’t need to be professionally produced, but quality does matter, so make sure your lighting, audio and framing are good. What matters most is how you and your great idea are presented. Be honest, be creative, and show off your personality, your skills and your style.
Note: videos must be 3 minutes or less.
Fill out the application form here. (see details below) If you’re applying as a team, you’ll need to provide information for each team member (Teams can have up to four members). A link to your video is required on the application form. Please note that video must be submitted as a link only (YouTube, Vimeo, your website, facebook are acceptable link hosts). Video sent as an attachment will not be considered. Submissions must be received by midnight EST on September 18th, 2020.
If you are selected as a potential contestant, we will contact you with detailed instructions for the next steps, but here’s a hint: We’ll want to see how far you’ve researched, thought through, tested and proven out your idea. (Don’t worry, we’ll provide the steps you need to take.) You’ll be asked to lay out what you’ve got on the RebelBaseTM business builder platform in the following categories:
Target + Market
Frequently asked questions
Where will the pilot episode be filmed? Will I need to travel?
Contestants on the pilot episode will not be required to travel. We’ll use video conferencing tools as well as video filmed by the contestants themselves. Contestants on the pilot episode will not be required to travel.
What about social distancing? Will I be safe?
What is the timeframe?
What happens after the pilot episode?
What’s the series commitment? Will I need to take a leave of absence from my job or studies?
Contestants can participate on top of work or school, as long as you have flexibility in your hours and can commit to the production schedule. Anticipate filming about 8 hours per episode for up to 12 additional episodes over a 6 week period. In addition, you'll need to put in at least that much time not filming, but working on development of your project to keep you competitive.
Do I need to sign a nondisclosure form?
Will I need a doctor’s release?
Do I need personal references?
Who is eligible?
We will determine eligibility on a case by case basis. Generally, we are looking for contestants with projects, ventures, businesses or initiatives that are in the early stage of development and have not already received significant funding or investment. You can be an intrapreneur with a great idea for your workplace, or an individual with a community service project, or a team with the next "unicorn" start up.
Today we must remake entire industries and help communities reinvent themselves while we generate jobs for a new generation. To turn the tide, we need true and exciting stories about how regular people confront tragedy and fear with resourcefulness, teamwork, and entrepreneurship. As the world confronts unforeseen challenges, we need more than business as usual. We need BusinessUnusual, where regular people use the tools of the entrepreneur to launch a different world.
Those of us who love reality TV competitions are captivated by watching regular people strive to master the craft of the pastry chef, find their true love, dance or sing their hearts out. Following this entertaining format, Business Unusual spotlights the process of building a business with social values, featuring characters in the game to earn impact as much as income.
Our competitors go through the excitement and trials of launching bold experiments to replace the broken systems that are failing us. Our contestants strive to advance to the next challenge, while judges evaluate their work, from product prototypes to social media campaigns, for its capacity to disrupt industries and change the way we live.
Over the course of 13 episodes, contestants team up to pilot enterprises and prove their potential to transform the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the supply chains that feed our industries, and the institutions that meet our communities’ needs. As in a classic competition show, contestants are eliminated until the final winner is proclaimed.
Our contestants come from colleges, chambers of commerce, incubators and accelerators serving neighborhoods and inside companies, basement studios and garage workshops. In an epoch when the American dream can seem embattled, we’re putting the power in the hands of entrepreneurs and inviting viewers to cheer them on.