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Shark Tank Open

The Shark Tank Open is the premier innovation funding event for Minnesota State, drawing educators from across 54 campuses for one grand event of reimagining education! Faculty and staff innovators go before expert panels (the sharks), providing spirited pitches in an effort to win up to $25,000 in innovation funding.


  • Live pitches to expert panels (the sharks)
    Faculty and staff innovators from across the state will provide spirited pitches in an effort to receive up to $25,000 in innovation funding. 
  • Recognition for newly awarded small seed and sustaining innovation funding 
    Help celebrate your colleague’s achievements as their new innovative projects get underway. 
  • Announcement of new innovation opportunities
    Learn more about the upcoming Pay It Forward Funding round and future plans for undertaking innovative and collaborative work in Minnesota State.


Stephen Kelly
Innovation Program Director

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View Previous Shark Tank Open Programs: 2018 Program2019 Program | 2021 Program | 2022 Program

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.

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