Shark Tank Open

The 2021 Shark Tank Open consists of three categories of events:

  • Innovation Expo featuring 22 presentations of previous innovation funding recipients
  • The main Shark Tank Open event
  • A selection of workshops to get hands-on with funded innovations

Learn more and register below.

Shark Tank Open logoThe Shark Tank Open is Minnesota State Educational Innovation’s premier innovation event, drawing educators from across 37 colleges and universities for one grand afternoon of reimagining education!

Faculty and staff innovators from across the state will virtually go before expert panels (the sharks), providing spirited pitches in an effort to win up to $25,000 in innovation funding.


April 8, 2021
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Register here.

View the Program

Trouble joining? Contact Educational Innovations.


Interested in getting hands-on with an innovation? Attend a workshop the day following the 2021 Shark Tank Open, April 9 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Minnesota State faculty and staff will have a chance to apply for up to $10,000 in Pay It Forward Funding, which is used to replicate an innovation project on another campus. Applications for Pay It Forward will be available beginning April 9, 2021.

Browse previously funded innovations in the Innovation Gallery.

Visit the Shark Tank Open playlist to watch videos highlighting previous projects.

Read Stories of Innovation on the ASA Newsletter.

For more information contact Stephen Kelly.

Minnesota State faculty, staff, and administrators interested in applying for an innovation funding grant can visit the Innovation Funding SharePoint (log in using to find more information and applications.