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CAES Baby Shark Tank competition finals set Sept. 24

September 9, 2020

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) will hold the finals of its inaugural Baby Shark Tank competition on September 24 at 10 a.m.

The virtual event will be open to the public, with attendees eligible to vote for the People’s Choice award winner. Registration (name and email) is required in order to cast your ballot. Go here to register.

The competition began in August with 33 participants. The field was winnowed to 18 competitors in early September, and the finals will feature 10 competitors. The finalists will be determined on September 15 after the competitors have pitched their ideas to a panel of judges.

CAES is a research, education, and innovation consortium consisting of the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory and the public research universities of Idaho and Wyoming: Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and University of Wyoming.

CAES harnesses the power of collaboration, closely integrating the universities and national laboratory to solve critical energy challenges while providing workforce training opportunities and encouraging economic development in communities throughout the region.

The CAES Annual Pitch Event (CAPE): Baby Shark Tank was introduced this year to help transfer the innovation and research that thrive at CAES from the laboratory to the commercial sector. The competition was open to everyone in the CAES community - students, faculty, and researchers – and to all levels of ideas, from early-stage concepts to investment-ready research.

Competitors have learned how to effectively pitch their idea or research, how to help others understand it, and how to build interest in it. The goal of this year’s event is to teach the students, faculty, and researchers who enroll how to convince others – funding agencies, potential industry partners, or even investors – to take action in support of an idea.

Go here for more information about the competition or CAES in general. Details on the finalists will be posted on September 15, when they are selected.