Applications are being accepted for the 17th round of funding through Salisbury University’s Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery entrepreneurship program through Sept. 27.

Business startups throughout the Mid-Atlantic are eligible to apply for their share of $200,000 per academic year.

Participants will pitch their business ideas to the board during a “Gull Cage” competition similar to the format used for the hit ABC-TV show Shark Tank. Recipients will be selected based on their presentations to the program’s board of directors on Friday, Oct. 29.

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