UH-Clear Lake Pearland students will have a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas live, “Shark Tank”-style, to a panel of judges in order to win funding. The event, called “Hawk Tank,” is an annual competition hosted by the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Pearland Campus.
The competition is open to all UH-Clear Lake Pearland students, regardless of their major or area of study. Participants must first submit a business proposal and attend a series of workshops to refine their ideas before they are allowed to present in front of the judges.
The judges are typically local business leaders and entrepreneurs who are experienced in evaluating startup ideas. They will provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed businesses before deciding which ones to fund.
The funding for the winning proposals comes from a variety of sources, including the university’s incubator program, local business sponsors, and private investors. The amount of funding awarded varies depending on the quality of the business proposal and the potential for success.
The Hawk Tank competition provides students with an invaluable opportunity to gain real-world experience in entrepreneurship and to connect with potential investors and mentors. It also helps to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the university community.
In addition to the potential for funding, the competition also offers a number of other benefits for participants. For example, students will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs, gain exposure for their business ideas, and receive feedback from experienced professionals.
The Hawk Tank competition is just one of the many ways that UH-Clear Lake Pearland is supporting entrepreneurship and innovation among its students. The university offers a range of resources and programs to help students develop their business ideas and launch successful startups, including access to mentors, funding opportunities, and incubator space.
Overall, the Hawk Tank competition is a great opportunity for UH-Clear Lake Pearland students to showcase their business ideas and gain valuable experience in entrepreneurship. It is also an important part of the university’s broader mission to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the local community.