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STUDENT SHARK TANK              

Do you have a business idea or a community project you want to raise money for? If so, register to pitch your idea for a chance to win up to $1,000. A total of $5,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top business and community ideas.

Student Shark Tank Pitch Competition

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm – 15-minute pitch appointments will be scheduled between 12:00pm and 5:00pm

Location: Accumold Headquarters 1711 SE Oralabor Rd, Ankeny, IA. Social distance will be observed but virtual accommodations can be made as needed.

Registration Deadline: January 14, 2021

Prices: Total Awards – $5,000

Business Idea Award – 1st $1000, 2nd $750, 3rd $500, 4th 250 ($2500 total)

Community Project Award – 1st $1000, 2nd $750, 3rd $500, 4th 250 ($2500 total)

Hear the STAR 102.5 interview with one of last year's winners, London Schuchart.  Image of 2020 Shark Tank Winner, London Schuchart with Executive Director Joey Beech.



  • To enter you must be between the age of 14 and 24 years old.

  • You must complete the registration form by January 14, 2021. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Those received prior to January 4 will get preferred practice session timing and pitch scheduling.

  • You must be able to present at the January 18 event or make special arrangements with organizers.

  • Timed pitch – 10 minutes to present, 5 minutes for follow-up Q&A.

Judging Criteria:

                Judging is subjective and based on the professional opinion of those judging. Judging categories will include: Idea (Business or Community), Return on Investment, Execution Plan and Presentation. The judging panel is made up of area business professionals and community leaders including some angel investors.     


                 Prize money will be distributed by check after all presentations have been made and judges have agreed.  Participants do not have to be present when awards are announced but will be notified. 

Not Sure What to Expect?

                 Don't worry. While this is a serious competition with serious money on the line, we are here to help you succeed. We have a template presentation you can follow. We are also offering office hours where you can get more information and ask questions. Practice pitch sessions are also available for you to test your pitch and get feedback from judges ahead of the competition. Register early to guarantee a practice pitch slot and preferred pitch time. You can also contact us with any questions you have.

Ankeny has an extensive list of innovative employers who have a variety of career opportunities.  View these short videos to learn more.  

Employment, scholarships, internships, and on-the-job training are available at a number of area employers. Contact us to receive more information.

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