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Engineering Shark Tank 2019

Thursday, April 18 @ 7:00 PM

Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics, and Energy Center

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center (AME)

2003 Levy Ave., Seminar Rm 106, Tallahassee, FL 32310

Engineering Shark Tank encourages and rewards students to think innovatively and entrepreneurially. Having working prototypes is not a requirement but a well-developed design concept is necessary. In this high-stakes (big money for winning!) competition, groups of engineering students pitch to esteemed judges their innovation and business idea to take it from prototype to a real company. Styled after the hit ABC reality TV show, this event brings together engineering know-how with entrepreneur grit.

Our judges for the final (and most important) round this year include recognizable names from the area's many business sectors:

  • Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation
  • Luke Hopkins, Ph.D., Assistant Department Chair and Professor of Marketing, Florida State University College of Business
  • Skip Foster, Publisher, Tallahassee Democrat
  • Vincent Hunt, Executive Director of Client Acquisition & Strategic Partnerships at Nascent Corporation
  • Yuh-Mei Hutt, President, Golden Lighting
  • Reis D. Alsberry, J.D., Director of Technology Transfer and Export Control, Florida A&M University
  • Donnie Peaks, Chief Experience Officer, First Commerce Credit Union


  • $1,200, Best Overall
  • $800, Most Impactful
  • $600, Most Innovative Concept
  • $400,“People’s Choice Award.”


Friday, March 1, 2019. Send brief description of your idea and list of team members to:


Monday, February 18, 2019, 4:30p.m. - 5:30 p.m. FAMU-FSU Engineering, A115


Visit the Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship webpage or contact Dr. Mike Devine, via email

Mike Devine