Skip to main content

Congratulations to the 2016 Muskie Tank Winners!

  • Muskie Tank Challenge Students
    Left to right: Adam Hook, Jack Laven, Derek Loe, Rose Kamrow, Mitchell LeGrand, Tou Lee, Jim Mishek

    Six Century College students were awarded scholarships in the annual Century College Muskie Tank Challenge.

    Mitchell LeGrand of Vadnais Heights was awarded the grand prize scholarship, a $5,000 value. He also is automatically entered as a semifinalist in the MN Cup Competition at the University of Minnesota.

    Five other students received $1,000 scholarships, including Adam Hook of Maplewood, Derek Loe of Stillwater, Jack Laven of Saint Paul, Rosalie Kamrow of Saint Paul, and Tou Lee of North Saint Paul.

    Check out the complete article, and read the finalists' thoughts on their experience below. 

Muskie Tank Challenge Overview

  • Student Image

    The Muskie Tank Challenge is a program inspired by the ABC TV show The Shark Tank™. The goal of the Muskie Tank Challenge is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among Century College students, and to encourage creative students to start their own successful businesses.

    This is a great opportunity for Century College students to get support and advice from local entrepreneurs, business leaders and Century College faculty.

Grand Prize: Full-Year Scholarship Award

Thanks to the generosity of our local business professionals our awards include:

  • One full-year tuition scholarship to Century College including tuition, books and fees, not to exceed the value of $5,000 (or, if student chooses to attend a four-year college/university, the value of the award will not exceed $5,000 in tuition, fees and books) This winner is automatically guaranteed a position as a semifinalist in the MN Cup competition where you have the opportunity to win up to $80,000 cash.
  • Four $1,000 scholarship awards (value of award will go towards tuition, books and fees, not to exceed the value of $1,000)
  • All top finalists will receive $100 Century College Bookstore gift card along with other gifts

Get Started!

When you commit to the challenge, we'll help you meet business experts and mentors who will help you along the way.

  1. Research the internet to determine if your idea already exists. If it does, consider a different idea or a much improved version of the idea. If you are confident of your idea, move to the next step.
  2. Log into D2L Brightspace, self-register to the Muskie Tank Challenge and complete the Muskie Tank Self Registration Application with as much detail as possible.
  3. If you are chosen as a semi-finalist, you will be notified and assigned a mentor.
  4. Work with a mentor to create your final Executive Summary & presentation.  Statistics have proven students who work with a mentor, have had the best results.
  5. Upload your final Executive Summary and any supporting diagrams, pictures, graphs, or anything else you would like the judges to view at D2L Brightspace Muskie Tank Dropbox by project deadline.

Utilize the Muskie Tank Tackle Box a handbook for entering the Muskie Tank Challenge, to guide you through the process. 

2016-17 Muskie Tank Timeline

Sept 20Student Success Day - Muskie Tank Student Kick-off Sessions
Sept 22MN Cup Finalist Competition
Oct 11Muskie Tank Info Session
Nov 8Muskie Tank Info Session
Jan 19Muskie Tank Info Session
Feb 8Student Success Day - Best Practices
Feb 28Muskie Tank Info Session
Feb 28Student proposals due on D2L by 11:59 pm
March 2First round judges begin reviewing applications
March 9Students notified of first round results, semifinalists announced and mentors assigned
March 21Student notification letters emailed to semifinalists with presentation appointment time
April 16Submit final executive summary along with any supporting documentation
April 18Final judging - semifinalists present proposals to judges; top 5 ideas selected & notified by phone
April 20Awards ceremony breakfast - Futures in Bloom
MayMN Cup deadline to enter competition - opportunity to win up to $80,000


Sue Klecker, Event Services, 651-773-1792.

Mentoring is available upon request.