700 people showed up for TV casting call at NextFab Studio on Washington Ave.

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and inventors lined up last weekend at NextFab Studio to audition for “Shark Tank,” ABC’s investor reality show, Technically Philly reports.

Pic from Technically Philly
Pic from Technically Philly

The studio, which we told you about in January, is essentially an industrial co-working space that gives members access to huge, expensive machinery to make prototypes of their ideas.

The tech blog said that entrepreneurs from Boston, Delaware, New Jersey and as far away as Florida showed up for the chance to become the next Ron Popeil (Ronco food dehydrator, Showtime rotisserie, that air mattress you hang from a garage ceiling to keep from banging doors but it’s actually just a pool raft):

By 1 a.m. on Saturday, there were about 130 people camping out in a nearby parking lot rented by NextFab … despite an ongoing thunderstorm. Several people waiting in line Saturday morning said they had been waiting since 5 a.m.

Pic from inHabit Architects
Pic from inHabit Architects

It’s pretty significant that ABC selected NextFab as the only audition location in the Northeast. That’s a testament to the work they’re doing in their new space at 2025 Washington Avenue, and it provides at least a partial explanation for why a developer might put 43 apartments in a practically deserted corner of Point Breeze.

One thought on “700 people showed up for TV casting call at NextFab Studio on Washington Ave.

  • May 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I was out there it was incredible, long wait though without a chair. Got there at 6:18 a.m. we left at 3 p.m.
    Such an eclectic group some were excellent, and some were “send them back to the drawing board.
    To all that attended: Good Luck! Shout out to: The guy with Java Medic, thanks for allowing me to use your chair.

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