Walleye Tank is a Minnesota based life science pitch competition which provides an educational opportunity for emerging and established medical and life science companies.
The Walleye Tank competition focuses on removing barriers for entrepreneurs, not cash awards. We work hard to curate our audience with investors, subject matter experts, service providers, job seekers, and mentors that will help you accelerate your business forward.
This cohort is for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development. Junior angler’s have normally not yet incorporated their company or completed their MVP.
This division is for incorporated companies that are in the early stages of fundraising. Normally, Mid-level Reeler’s do not have active sales or revenue but they have a completed MVP.
Participants in the professional division come from established life-science business with active sales and have normally completed at least one round of fundraising. These competitors are often companies that have previously competed in one of the other two Walleye Tank divisions and have been invited back.
All of these events are overseen by a panel of judges assembled from experienced entrepreneurs and investors from the local area. The judges have a chance to question and advise the entrepreneurs after each pitch as well as forge connections with promising companies. Meet the Walleyes!
This year we will also be hosting a panel on tech transfer. The goal of the panel is to :
Provide an open and honest discussion about the process of technology transfer, what is working, and what is not working in our communities.
Provide local/community insight to how tech transfer occurs in your region/from your viewpoint as an entrepreneur/business/community leader.
Discuss how tech transfer can benefit a community.
We will work through the following discussion points in a guided manner, getting through as many as time permits, while having a full conversation. The panel will last for ~20-30 minutes.
What is technology transfer?
Who are the major players in this process?
How can technology transfer impact a community?
What are the associated difficulties?
What stories can you share where the process of technology transfer has worked well and/or not worked well?
How can the process be improved?