Is your life science startup looking for a little boost this spring? Need bit of extra exposure? Want to participate in something with a devastatingly Minnesotan name? We’ve got good news. You can check all three boxes with the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic’s spring 2020 Walleye Tank.

Hosted by the Carlson School of Management on April 28, the pitch competition is open to life science entrepreneurs from across the state. Chosen participants will present their companies in front of a panel of judges with prizes and professional consultations on the line. Competitors will also be able to tap into a network of investors, subject matter experts, mentors, and more.

The event will feature four tiers of participants (descriptions courtesy of Walleye Tank):

  • Junior Anglers: Entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development. First place receives $500.
  • Mid-Level Reelers: Incorporated companies in the early stages of fundraising with a minimum viable product. First place receives $1,000.
  • Professionals: Established life science businesses with active sales and fundraising. First place receives $2,000; second place, $1,500.
  • Nonprofits: New, innovative health care organizations. First place receives $250.

The winner of each tier will also clinical consulting support and a guaranteed spot in the semifinals round of MN Cup, the statewide pitch competition also hosted by the Carlson School of Management.

If you’re interested in taking a dip in the tank, applications are due by March 27. Registration is also open for audience members.