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Shark Tank 's Daymond John Recruits Kevin Hart, Tyra Banks and More for Black Entrepreneurs Day

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Daymond John, Kevin Hart, Tyra Banks
Daymond John, Kevin Hart, Tyra Banks

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Daymond John wants to help other Black business owners and entrepreneurs succeed.

The Shark Tank investor, author and FUBU founder — who has spent a large portion of his career mentoring hopeful business owners — is gearing up to kick off his second annual Black Entrepreneurs Day presented by Chase for Business, a free and virtual live stream event that will celebrate and provide guidance for Black business and entrepreneurship.

John has recruited several high-profile business leaders and celebrities to participate in this year's Game Changer Conversations, including Tyra Banks, Michael Strahan, Shaquille O'Neal, Marcus Samuelsson, Rev Run and Janice Bryant Howroyd. Kevin Hart will also appear in a "Hart Felt Conversation" sponsored by J.P. Morgan Wealth Management.

Additionally, six-time Grammy nominee Khalid will perform.

Scheduled for Oct. 14, the event — which is presented by Chase for Business and in conjunction with Medium Rare and The Shark Group — will take place at the Apollo theater.

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"I am so excited to be bringing the second annual Black Entrepreneurs Day to Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre," John, 57, tells PEOPLE in a statement. "It is the perfect backdrop for me to sit with our incredible lineup of entertainers, celebrities, athletes and brand partners so we can all learn about how to persevere in business through insightful conversations and stories that celebrate our successes while confronting our failures."

Not only will the event provide guidance and inspiration to the next generation of rising entrepreneurs, but there will also be a $200,000+ NAACP Powershift Grant awarded to select business owners.

Shark Tank's Daymond John Recruits Kevin Hart, Tyra Banks and More for Black Entrepreneurs Day
Shark Tank's Daymond John Recruits Kevin Hart, Tyra Banks and More for Black Entrepreneurs Day

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The event's partners JPMorgan Chase, The General, T-Mobile, Salesforce, Johnson & Johnson, Shopify, Klaviyo and Logitech have funded a total of 10 grants that will be awarded. From September 23 to September 28, Black entrepreneurs and small business owners can apply for a $25,000 NAACP Powershift grant through the event's website.

Viewers at home can also get some advice from John by submitting questions via the audio and visual commenting app, Yappa.

For the inaugural event last year, over 7 million viewers tuned in to watch virtually. It went on to win two Webby Awards for the best remote business and finance event on the internet.

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Black business leaders and stars including Gabrielle Union, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J participated in the first-ever gathering.

The second annual Black Entrepreneurs Day presented by Chase for Business will take place on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. ET at the Apollo Theater. It will also stream exclusively on Daymond John's official Facebook page and across Facebook channels.

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