Swimming with the Sharks | Briar Cliff University

Swimming with the Sharks Competition

Welcome to Swimming with the Sharks!

Do you have a great business idea? Pitch it to a panel of local experts, for a shot at winning up to $4,000 in grant money to help launch or grow your business.

The contest is part of Entrepalooza, a week when Briar Cliff University's Enactus students partner with local businesses to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit in Siouxland. The event is free to enter, and open to the public.

Rules & Requirements

Contest Rules »

A group of five finalists will be selected to present in person at the Swimming with the Sharks competition at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 via Zoom. Each finalist will:

  • Be notified by Feb. 8.
  • Prepare a 5 minute video of their pitch and post it on YouTube by February 10.
  • Be asked five minutes of follow-up questions via Zoom by the judges on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 pm
  • Be judged on the long-term viability of your business plan; how they plan to use the grant money; and the timeline to accopmplish their business goals.
  • If selected as a winner, be recognized and awarded grant money directly following the competition.
  • Upon winning money, agree to report on how they used their grant monies during a follow-up presentation in September.

Contest Requirements »

To participate in Swimming with the Sharks, you must:

  • Apply by the Feb. 5 deadline.
  • Be able to virtually attend the competition on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
  • Be individual or a group of individuals, located in Siouxland.
  • Be looking to profit from your venture.
  • Demonstrate a need for funding for initial research/development, seed money to start a business, or a cash infusion for a young business.

Application Form


Event Date

Thursday, Feb. 23


St. Francis Center, Briar Cliff University

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