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What to Expect


New to the 2019 program, the CIL has put the Swat Tank curriculum online using a platform called TechChange. Students can log in and work their way through different modules that cover a range of topics. Each module has been designed to give some extra guidance in topics such as the Business Model Canvas, Value Propositions, and Pitching. In addition to TechChange, the CIL runs programming throughout the fall for students to gain insight into the Swat Tank process.


Early on, students are matched with an alumni mentor relevant to their idea to provide guidance and support as they work through this process. Their mentor is meant to be a resource to talk through ideas and questions, connect with someone in a professional context, 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. Teams have to submit a visual Business Model Canvas  and a Report to the judging committee.  The top three projects will go on to compete at the Swat Tank Finals in April 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