Orange Tank Pitch Competition

Orange Tank: Alumni & Student Pitch Competition


Orange Tank is a Shark Tank-style competition held over Orange Central Homecoming Weekend. Current students and alumni entrepreneurs from the Whitman School of Management can enter to win a chance to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and ultimately win cash prizes. Both the student and alumni pitches will be awarded $5,000 for 1st place; $2,000 for 2nd place; and $1,000 for 3rd place. Orange Tank is sponsored by a generous gifts from Mark '83 and Judi '84 (VPA) Morris. The event will take place on Friday, October 6th, from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Whitman's Flaum Grand Hall.

The following are requirements for all candidates entering the Orange Tank pitch competition

  • Can be an established business OR an idea
  • Must be a Whitman School of Management student or alumni (home college)
  • Candidates must submit an application form by September 8th at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Submit Your Orange Tank Application


A committee will review all applications submitted online by September 8 and notify finalists selected to pitch by the end of September. During the competition, you will have five minutes to pitch, followed by five minutes of Q&A from the judges. Winners will be announced during Whitman's Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception which will directly follow the Orange Tank event.

Program Agenda:

  • 1:00-1:10 p.m.: Welcome and Introduction of Judges
  • 1:10-2:10 p.m.: Alumni Business Pitches
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m.: Student Business Pitches
  • 3:15-3:25 p.m.: Update on Entrepreneurship at Whitman
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Presentation of Alumni and Student Winners during the Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony; Reception to follow

Criteria that judges will be looking for:

  • Market potential
  • Differentiation and economic feasibility
  • Ability to protect intellectual property, technology
  • Sound execution strategy
  • Scalability of the business
  • Proposed use of finances
  • Expertise and abilities of the founder/s
  • Quality of pitch

We welcome alumni, students and guests to attend Orange Tank as a member of the audience. Reservations can be made through the Orange Central webpage where you can learn about all the events happening on campus during homecoming 2017. 

If you have any questions about the 3rd Annual Orange Tank, contact Cindie Adams, Executive Director of Alumni & Corporate Relations, at 315.443.3834 or csadams@syr.edu.

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