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Shark Tank Competition

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Have a business idea? Take part in the annual Shark Tank Competition and bring your dreams to fruition. 

As part of Entrepreneurship Week, the annual Shark Tank Competition is an opportunity for students to receive funding to take their ideas and turn them into ventures, as well as scale existing ventures. Individuals will pitch their ideas or ventures to a board of Holy Cross Sharks, who come from our vast network of alumni, in front of an audience of their peers.

Annual Shark Tank Competition

The competition is designed to give students real-world experience to pitch their ideas for one of two categories: seed and early-stage. Judges will evaluate the seed category based on the market opportunity and concept validation of the business idea. Judges will evaluate the early-stage category, entrepreneurs who have more developed business models.

The best pitches will walk away with cash prizes, mentoring opportunities, in-kind services and much more, totaling over $50,000 in combined prizes.  March 2020 date TBA.

The Judges

Alumni in the field serve as judges for the annual competition.

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Application is currently closed. 


2019 Shark Tank Competition Winners

First Prize - $3,000 each

  • Matt Gasparrini '20: Feel Good Dog Food, an alternative to basic kibble with ingredients you know.
  • Mary Anne Wiley '22 & Luke Knox '22: WILOX, a long-lasting coating to kill bacteria/visuses to prevent the spread of disease.

Ignite Fund - $2,500

  • Matt Brown '19, Nolan Howard '19, Mikye Lyons '19 & James Gould '20: Sanctuary: an app to integrate campus security and services to a single platform

People’s Choice Award - $100

  • Matt Brown '19, Nolan Howard '19, Mikye Lyons '19 & James Gould '20: Sanctuary: an app to integrate campus security and services to a single platform

In-Kind Services

  • Power legal lunch with John Loughnane '87 for Wilox
  • Growth strategy session from Bill Kelly '92 for Feel Good Dog Food
  • User experience advice from Diego Mas Gonzalez ‘12 for Sanctuary
  • Sales and business development advice from Matt Campbell '14 for Bidly 

Thank you to our judges!

  • Mary Moran ‘77, CEO at MCM Financial Consulting
  • PJ Sansonetti ’93, General Manager, Carole Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Roy Vella ‘90, Business Development, Ripple
  • Prof. Daniel Klinghard: Director, J.D. Power Center, Holy Cross