UNLV Collegiate DECA is hosting its own version of Shark Tank on March 29th and March 30th. The event is free and open to public to attend. 11 teams will be competing in a case study about a mystery company associated with the growth of Downtown Las Vegas. The teams will only have one day to create a presentation focused on securing investments and promoting company growth.
The opening session is on March 29that 12 p.m. in BEH 242. Angel investor Bill Payne and Shark Tank Survivor Jayson Sandberg will be presenting a special keynote session. This is also the time the case company will be announced and the teams will be receiving their case study challenge. The teams will present the next day to a panel of preliminary judges who will decide the 5 teams to advance to the live finals. Preliminary judges are Susan T. Spencer (Executive Director and Host of Not Just Sports), Joe Murphy (Senior Vice President of numerous casinos), and Rey Dos Santos (COO of Rebel Venture Fund and Director of Sales and Business Development of Walls 360).
The closing session on March 30th at 4 p.m. in the Student Union room 208C will feature the live finals round with People’s Choice Award as well as a special presentation from the case study company owners. At this session the top 5 teams will present in front of a live audience and final judges which consists of Felix Daniciu (CEO and Founder of Elmcore Group Inc.), Dominic Marrocco (Millionaire Entrepreneur), and Sophia Liang (CEO of Rebel Venture Fund and Executive Intern for Brennan Capital Partners). In addition to the judges panel, students and public attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Awards during the final round of the closing session.