Student organizations compete in first FAU ‘Shark Tank’ competition

Eight organizations competed for prize money.


Photo courtesy of the FAU Council of Student Organizations

Benjamin Paley, Distribution Manager

Two student organizations were awarded $1,500 today after taking part in the Council of Student Organizations’ first “Shark Tank.”

Health Occupations Students of America: Future Health Professionals and the American Marketing Association took home the funding prizes from COSO, which is part of Student Government.

Results were originally supposed to be emailed to the eight organizations within 24 to 48 hours, but were delayed until today around 4 p.m.

“We were checking eligibility for funding,” Student Government’s assistant director for Student Activities and Involvement Renee Fellinger said.

The idea is based off the ABC reality show “Shark Tank,” which sees entrepreneurs present business ideas to a panel of potential investors. The competition was held Monday and featured eight student organizations:

  1. Fraternity Sigma Chi
  2. FAU Ice Hockey
  3. Health Occupations Students of America: Future Health Professionals
  4. Women Empowerment Club
  5. Pets in Danger FAU
  6. The Association of Doctoral Students in Public Administration
  7. The American Marketing Association
  8. Future Healthcare Executives Club

Council members judged the organizations’ presentations based on four criteria: creativity, FAU spirit, the presentation itself, and collaboration. Presentations ranged from PowerPoints and poster boards to flyers.

COSO panel members included associate director Jessie Houston, director Jacklyn LaBayne, associate director Christina Peat, and assistant director Justin Mahone.

HOSA: Future Health Professionals sought funding for its upcoming Hands on Healthcare Workshop.

FAU Ice Hockey requested funding to rent out an ice rink for its upcoming game against the University of Miami.

The event took place from 4-6 p.m. in the Student Government Conference Room, Room 213 of the Student Union.

Benjamin Paley is the distribution manager of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].