Announcing the 2022 Shark Tank Open

April 7, 2022 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

The Shark Tank Open is Minnesota State Educational Innovations’ 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 go before expert panels (the sharks), providing spirited pitches in an effort to win up to $25,000 in innovation funding.  

This year the entire Shark Tank Open event will be held virtually via Zoom and will feature:

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.
Innovation Videos
Hear from previous Shark Tank Open funding recipients as they give quick updates on their innovation projects.
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.

Minnesota State faculty, staff, and students 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. The application will be announced in the ASA Newsletter on April 8, 2022. 


Visit to learn more. Browse the Innovation Gallery to view previously funded innovation projects.

Robbie Burnett, Ed.D. 
Director of Innovation and Collaboration 

Stephen Kelly  
Innovation Program Director 

Jonathan Hamilton 
Collaboration Program Director 

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