Businesses are built on dreams, and we want to celebrate the people chasing theirs. That’s why we created Miller Lite Tap the Future: a competition that lets entrepreneurs pitch for a chance to earn more than $200K to fund their business. In the process, we offer business seminars, live pitch opportunities, access to business moguls like Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank” and more.
2016 Calendar
February 11 - April 8
Online Application Period
Semifinalists Announced
Live Pitch Events
National Finals
How to Make a Great First Impression

It is said that first impressions are always the last. In business, it is crucial to leave a lasting, but positive first impression.

5 Must-Follow Networking Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Networking and building solid relationships are essential parts of growing your business.

Top 10 Important Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Social Media

Having a strong social media presence is crucial for essentially any brand.

Trailblazing Tips for Starting a Business

Entrepreneur and businesswoman, Claudia Telles shares her key principles to starting and maintaining a successful business.

10 deadly startup mistakes to avoid

Check out this article that highlights what to avoid when starting a new business.

Moving Beyond 'One Size Fits All' Marketing Approach Could Attract Latino Millennials

With Latinos holding a vast part of the U.S. purchasing power, companies are beginning to customize their marketing strategy to attract the Hispanic consumer. The Latin Post explains that appealing to Hispanics takes more than just communicating in Spanish.

Five things entrepreneurs want their peers to know about raising capital

Adequate capital to scale, secure clients, and employee compensation are basic pieces of growing an effective business.

Miller Lite Tap the Future Winner Shares What’s Ahead in 2016

Former Miller Lite Tap the Future winner, Brian Hill shares his experience with the program, how to give your best pitch and what's next for Edovo.

9 books Daymond John thinks every new entrepreneur should read

“The Shark” offers 9 books he turns to for motivation, useful counsel and instruments that have guided him in his journey to success.

Economic Growths New Driver: It’s All About Latino Entrepreneurs

The largest growth of our economy is from Latino business owners and this article explains how this change is for the best.

7 Tips for Surviving Your First Year As An Entrepreneur

The first year is always the hardest, but following these seven tips could help you navigate through the obstacles and reach success.

Millionaire Mom of 6 Talks Birthing Business Breakthrough

Being the mother of six is a feat all by itself, now add in a million dollar business and you have the amazing story of Lenika Scott.

15 Netflix Documentaries Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Watch

These aren’t your average blockbuster movies. Take note of these inspiring, informative and often times gut-wrenching documentaries to help every entrepreneur.

Difference Between Failing and Being a Failure

It may seem as though the two words are synonymous, but read more to find out why failing doesn’t mean that you are a failure.

How to Know If You Have What It Takes To Own A Business

You either have it or you don’t. Check out this quick read to find out if you have the chops to make it on your own.

7 Shortcuts for Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

Whoever said there are no shortcuts in life has never read this article. Read now to discover 7 tricks to make it to the top.

No Limitations- Breaking the Barriers to Success

Latina, entrepreneur, and philanthropist are just a few words to describe Judith Duval. In this article, Duval shares how she managed to face adversity as an immigrant and open her own business.

How to Build Up Your Influence on Social Media

Here are some things to keep in mind when you start developing your social media influence for your own brand and small business.

4 Reasons Your Business has Stopped Growing

If you're serious about growing your business, take some time to think through these four growth-blockers.


Chicago- based Edovo, is the grand prize winner of the Miller Lite Tap the Future program taking $200K home for their business. This innovative business provides a self-driven educational and vocational platform for correctional facilities. Congratulations to Brian Hill and the Edovo team. Cheers!

Tap the Future Wraps-Up Live Pitch Tour

The Miller Lite Tap the Future tour, an entrepreneurial competition far from the ordinary, recently wrapped at the end of the summer. As the second-phase of the national business plan competition, not only were the contestants on their game but attendees as well. Hosted by lifestyle expert, Kenny Burns, of Revolt TV, the tour was full of laughs and unexpected surprises for the audience.

6 Questions to ask Before Saying I Do to a Business Partner

At some point you may consider getting a business partner or co-founder. But partnering doesn’t always make good business sense if you simply like the other person. Whatever the reason, when forming a business partnership, just like with a marriage there are certain steps you need to take to help ensure a happy and prosperous relationship.

2013 Tap the Future Winner Swyft Media

Evan Wray and Sean O’Brien teamed up in 2012 to start their company Swyft Media (formerly known as Text Pride), an app that offers licensed emoji/emoticons for branded content. Since then, not only did the duo win the grand prize in the very first Miller Lite Tap the Future competition, they went on to build a million dollar company, partnering with over 300 brands and was recently acquired by Monotype Image Holdings for $27 million. Swyft Media has proven to be an originator and innovator and we can’t wait to see what they do next. This article on WSJ goes in more detail about their work.

65 Quotes that Dare You to do Great Things

Launching a business, growing a business or striving to do anything great requires taking a risk and putting in work. The road to success stretches you and requires you to keep yourself motivated. Inc. magazine compiled 65 motivational quotes that inspire you to have faith in yourself and dare you to do great things.

2014 Grand Prize Winner Bellhops in the News

Chattanooga-based moving company Bellhops came out on top in the 2014 Miller Lite Tap the Future competition. Nooga.com talked with the co-founders of Bellhops about their experience in the competition and how they plan to use their winnings.

Were You Born to be an Entrepreneur?

Through entrepreneurs come from various backgrounds and have different stories, many of them share similar personality traits. This article from Inc. magazine lists 10 signs shared by people born with the entrepreneurial spirit. Read on to see if you fit the bill.

Fastest Growing Small Business Industries

Looking to explore some new business ideas? This article from Inc. magazine points out the five fastest growing industries for the small business market. If you are an investor or entrepreneur looking to start or grow a new business, this might be a good place to start.

Get Your Business "Unstuck" with Barry Moltz

If you feel like your business could use a little boost, then Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Barry Moltz has just the advice for you. Moltz has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners unstuck and marching forward by applying simple, strategic steps to facilitate change. In this podcast, Barry talks about the hard knocks he’s had, lessons he’s learned as a successful entrepreneur and tips on how to get your business “unstuck.”

Business and Branding Tips from Daymond John

Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John began his foray into entrepreneurship when he co-founded the clothing line FUBU with friends. In this article, John talks about turning FUBU into an international brand, his experience as a Tap the Future judge, his role as a “Shark” on ABC’s Shark Tank and some of the secrets to his success.

10 Business Tips from "The Shark"

What does Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John from ABC's "Shark Tank" think are the traits of a great entrepreneur? Read the article below to find out.