April 2 - 3, 2020

10am - 3pm

Hosted and Sponsored by

Mid-Atlantic District Conference Center

5404 Wisconsin Ave. Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Industry Competitions - Serc Tank ("Shark Tank")

Training / Preparation:  Thursday, April 2, 2020  1:30pm - 2:45pm

Final Competition:  Friday, April 3, 2020  1:30pm - 2:45pm


Level of Knowledge:  Beginner



Description:  Similar to ABC’s hit show Shark Tank that yields upcoming entrepreneurs, SERC Tank is EduSerc’s version where students will have an opportunity to present a business idea to a panel of successful business owners / managers for the opportunity to win funding, supplies or other resources to help them start their idea. 


NOTE:  But there is a twist...Each product idea must be able to address a direct need in the community or help solve a problem in community.


Deadline for School Team Submissions - April 6, 2018
Each school can register up to 3 teams to participate and compete. (Each team comprising of 4 students)

Each team must develop the following:

  • Business Plan Overview (30 points): a brief two (2) page abstract that addresses the business concept, the product, how the business will be setup and managed, and who would be your potential customers.

  • Marketing Research and Projected Sales (20 points):  a brief one page that describes the research you performed that proves your concept will work successfully and an outline of projected sales you will make with your business.

  • Infomercial (20 points):  a brief 30 - 60 second marketing video commercial that sells your product.  If you have a logo designed for your product or service, please ensure to use it in your video. (Submit online above)

  • A Working Prototype (30 points) (or simulated example that your concept works, if you are promoting a service)

Prize Categories:

  • Most Innovative Product or Service

  • Most Successful Business Model

  • Best Sales / Marketing Presentation

Download Rules & Template Worksheets

Rules & Regulations

  • All participants in the competitions must be registered for the conference

  • All participants must be an active student in either middle school, high school or college or home-schooled at the same levels

  • All participants must be registered for Friday's portion of the conference

How To Sign-Up

  1. Register for the Conference - Click here to register

  2. Sign-Up for Competition - Click here to sign-up

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