2021 Shark Tank Open Presenters and Room Themes Announced

2021 Shark Tank Open Schedule
2021 Shark Tank Open Pitch Schedule

The 2021 Shark Tank Open presenters and room themes have been announced! This year there will be four themed (virtual) rooms with four presentations each.

Faculty and staff will have seven minutes to present their innovative project ideas to a panel of judges (the sharks) in an effort to receive up to $25,000 in innovation funding.

Below is a sneak peek of this year’s project titles and the campuses they come from. Check the ASA Newsletter for more details in the weeks ahead.

Room Theme: Student Success

Project TitleCampus
Supporting Autistic Student Success Initiative (SASSI) St. Cloud State University 
Underrepresented Student Mentors St. Cloud Technical and Community College 
Set Discrete Math Free! Bemidji State University 
Minneapolis College Career Readiness Digital Badging Program Demonstrates Skill & Competency Minneapolis College 

Room Theme: Student Resilience and Technical Programs

Project TitleCampus
Creating Equitable Outcomes through Trauma ResponsivenessMinneapolis College 
Finding Your Place OER Text: Stories of Cultural Wealth and ResilienceMinnesota State University, Mankato 
Thrive in Five: It’s Good for Business Saint Paul College 
St. Cloud State University Mobile Make It Lab St. Cloud State University 

Room Theme: OER and Equity

Project TitleCampus
Teaching Agile through an OER Textbook Metropolitan State University 
Center for International Disability Advocacy and Diplomacy St. Cloud State University 
A Concise Four Field Anthropology OER Textbook: A Decolonizing Approach Inver Hills Community College 
Student Voices: Humanizing Students Through Their Stories Minneapolis College 

Room Theme: Online Learning and Ed Tech

Project TitleCampus
An intelligent feedback generation and content recommendation system for students to improve their learning experience St. Cloud State University 
Innovating the Science Classroom for Widespread Engagement St. Cloud State University 
Online Student Strong Start South Central College 
Interdisciplinary Applications of Artificial Intelligence Emphasizing Public Safety St. Cloud State University 

The 2021 Shark Tank Open will be held virtually on April 8, 2021 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Innovation Expo

Attendees may also be interested in registering for the ongoing Innovation Expo, featuring 22 presentations between March 2 – April 7, 2021. Learn more about innovations occurring throughout the Minnesota State system by attending these presentations hosted by previously funded innovators. View the list of Innovation Expo presentations and register!

Innovation Workshops

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.

Questions? Contact Stephen Kelly.


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