What to Expect
The CIL has put together a comprehensive list of resources for the Swat Tank curriculum. Througout the process, the CIL and partners from Career Services and the Social Innovation Lab will be hosting workshops and meetings to connect students with different tools to use in their project development. The collection of resource have been designed to give some extra guidance in topics such as the Business Model Canvas and Social Business Model Canvas, Value Propositions, Pitching, and working with an Alumni Mentor.
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 Project Report to the judging committee. The Project Report will follow a template provided by the CIL and should specifically outline all aspects of their idea. Following the First Round Pitches, the top three projects will go on to compete at the Swat Tank Finals in April where they will give a more developed idea and project presentation.
At the Swat Tank Innovation Competition, the top three teams will have the opportunity win the following prizes based on their presentation:
- 1st place: $3,000
- 2nd place: $1,500
- 3rd place: $500
- Best Pitch (voted by audience): $250