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Swat Tank Presentation

SwatTank is more than just a competition; it is a chance to transform the ideas you think and dream about into a business or social enterprise.

Swat Tank, an idea competition, focuses on an inclusive model, one that provides students with the opportunity to take a rough idea, product, or concept and develop it towards its next incarnation, ideation, or realization. The process will culminate at the SwatTank Innovation Competition in April 2018. 

Check out the 2018 SwatTank presentations! 



New this year, the CIL has put the Swat Tank curriculum online using a platform called Tech Change. Students can log in and work their way through seven different modules that cover a range of topics. Each module has been designed to give you some extra guidance in topics such as the Business Model Canvas, Value Propositions, and Pitching. If you have any questions or have trouble creating an account, please contact the CIL at

Enter the CIL SwatTank portal HERE! 

In the past, students interested in competing also went through the Innovation Incubator. This set students up with the Business Canvas Model as a tool to plan and implement their idea. 



Students are matched with an alumni mentor relevant to their business to provide guidance and support to their newly formed business. This Mentor is meant to be a resource to talk through ideas and workshops, tap the brain of someone in the business world, and provide experience necessary to help a new business. We are thankful and proud that our mentors are each experienced, knowledgeable, and care tremendously about helping students.



Students will go through Round-One Judging in February which consists of a four minute presentation and 10 minute question and answer period. They have to submit a visual Business Model Canvas  and a Report to the judging committee.  The top three students will go on to compete at the Swat Tank Innovation Competition on Friday, April 5 where they will give a similar presentation. 



The top three teams will give short presentations/pitches and turn in business model canvases at the Swat Tank Innovation Competition and will have the opportunity win the following prizes: 

  • 1st place: $3,000
  • 2nd place: $1,500
  • 3rd place: $500
  • Best Pitch (voted by audience): $250

Timeline Spring 2019

January 2019

  • January 29th - Swat Tank Open House

  • January 31st - Project Overview Due

February 2019 

  • February 1st - Match With Your Mentor!
  • Week of February 4th
    • Open Office Hours with Katie Clark or Jennifer Barrington
  • Week of February 11th:
    • February 11th:  Draft BMC Plans and Posters Due at 9am
      • Meet with Denise Crossan
      • Send in team bio and picture + assessment of process
  • Week of February 18th: 
    • February 18th & 19th: Practice Pitch Days
    • February 21st: Final Canvas Plans and Visual Due at 9am
    • February 25th & 26th : First Round of Judging 

March 2019

  • Finalist teams meet with SPA’s for polishing pitch twice

  • Finalist teams meet with Staff for practice/feedback

April  2019

  • April 5, 2019: Swat Tank Finals! 
    • 3:30pm - Opening Reception 
    • 4:00pm - SwatTank Innovation Competition
    • 6:30pm - Celebration Dinner with finalists, judges, and staff