Deadline extended to Oct. 21 for Lion's Den business proposal competition

Register for Penn State Beaver's version of 'Shark Tank' to compete for cash prizes and mentorship

MONACA, Pa. — That idea you have for a service or product could be worth $700 and a T-shirt.

All you have to do is enter the Lion’s Den.

The Lion’s Den is Penn State Beaver’s idea competition where students of all majors can pitch their business proposals — whether newly sprouted or fully formed, high tech or low tech, centered around something as lofty as sustainability or something as simple as tracking down the area’s best pizza — and compete for prizes that include cash and mentorship from experts in their fields.

The process is simple:

  • Form your team (you can have up to three members).
  • Fill out the online idea submission form describing your brilliant idea, by Friday, Oct 21. Everyone who registers gets a T-shirt.
  • Wait for the screening judges to pick the finalists, which will be announced on Nov. 2.

If your team makes it to the final round of competition, you’ll pitch your idea — "Shark Tank"-style — on Nov. 16 to a panel of experts, who will ask questions, offer feedback, and choose the winner or winners, who will split $700 in prize money, receive mentorship to further their idea, and have a sweet addition to their resumes.

Think you have an idea that will change the world (or at least make it easier to get a decent slice of pepperoni)? Fill out the online idea submission form.

If you have any questions or need advice about your idea or the process, send an email to [email protected].


April Johnston

Public Relations Director, Penn State Beaver

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