Mentor a Shark Tank-Style Student Business Competition
Mentor a Shark Tank-Style Student Business Competition
Host an ambitious and interactive business idea competition while helping students in underserved communities reach their career goals.
3-4 hours
Nonprofit organization
Participants: 10 to 100

What you’ll do

Imagine the thrill of designing a new shoe for Nike or creating a phone case for Apple. This organization makes this experience possible for students from underserved communities by connecting them with local companies for an exciting 3-4 hour business competition. This competition allows students to team up with corporate “coaches” like yourself to solve realistic corporate challenges and learn the basics of marketing, financing, and strategizing before pitching “Shark Tank”-style to live judges. The winning team will even receive a cash prize! While your primary focus will be to guide your team through the business simulation, the competition is also an opportunity to organically share personal and professional stories about how to be successful in college and a future career. Students benefit so much from learning about your journey and how you ended up at your current role and employer. By the end of the day, students can see the corporate world as part of “their world” and know that job titles such as CEO, VP of Marketing, and Business Development Manager are now in their grasp. Since inception in 2014, the nonprofit has hosted more than 100 competitions for companies like Morgan Stanley, LinkedIn, NBC, Deloitte, WeWork, News Corp, Loews Hotel Group, Goldman Sachs, Segment, and many others. The organization has engaged over 4,500 volunteers and impacted over 6,500 students in New York City and across the country. Sample agenda: 10:00-10:15 AM: Volunteers and students arrive 10:15-10:30 AM: Introduction to your company 10:30-10:45 AM: Ice breakers 10:45-11:15 AM: Introduction to business case (case can be customized to your company’s brand or chosen from Adidas, Nike, Beats by Dre, Apple, NBA, or Snapchat) 11:15-11:45 AM: Brainstorming session 11:45-12:15 PM: Lunch 12:15-1:00 PM: Product development 1:00-1:15 PM: Pitch practice 1:15-1:45 PM: Final presentations 1:45-2:00 PM: Judges’ decision and departure

How you’ll make an impact

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Revenue is invested in running student business competitions including presentation materials, prizes for the winning team, and lunch for students and volunteers.
This nonprofit organization connects corporations with schools in low-income communities through educational business competitions in order to increase student career awareness and marketable skills.

What else you should know

  • Best to book 3 weeks in advance

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