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! 


Students interested in competing can go through the Innovation Incubator or setup meetings with CIL staff. This will set students up with a model, 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 6 where they will give a similar presentation. All teams are required to have a physical poster.

Report template can be found here.

Business Model Canvas can be found here. Please see Strategyzer's website for more info.


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 Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

Full Schedule coming soon! 

November 7th, 5pm - Find your Founders and SwatTank kick-off | Sproul Hall

December 3rd, 9:00am - BMC draft Proposals Due to cil@swarthmore.edu

Week of December 3rd - Meetings with Denise Crossan

December 10th, 9:00am - BMC Final Proposals Due at 9am to cil@swarthmore.edu

February 11th, 9:00am - Draft BMC Plans and Posters Due at 9am

Week of February 11th - Individual Meetings with Denise Crossan

Week of February 18th - Pitch Practices 

February 21st - Final Canvas Plans and Poster Due

Week of February 25th - First Round of Judging

April 5th, 2019 - Final Judging Round at SwatTank Innovation Competition