This shark tank-style pitch event during Meliora Weekend provides five University-based student startups from diverse disciplines and schools with an opportunity to compete in front of a panel of esteemed judges for a $20,000 cash prize and a GSV Passport™ from GSVlabs, which offers access to 100+ mentors, 100s of templates and guides, and $450,000 in free and discounted services.

The event will feature the format and drama of the hit television series Shark Tank on ABC and is hosted by the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship.


2019 Judges

  • Quincy Allen ’93S (MBA) – Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Corporation
  • Alyssa Carrizales ’20S (MBA) – Founder, 10Ray; Managing Director, Simon School Venture Capital Fund
  • Theresa Mazzullo – CEO, Excell Partners Inc.
  • Brennan Mulcahey ’10, ’11S (MBA) – Partner, Brook Venture Partners LLC; Chair, Ain Center Advisory Council

To register your attendance, please visit the Meliora Weekend website (button below). We’ve provided a quick overview of the steps needed to fully register:

  1. Once on the site, click the REGISTER NOW! button on the main page.
  2. There will be a short registration form to fill in with your name, email address, UR affiliation, and general information. If you have already registered, you can skip this step by clicking the Already Registered link.
  3. After you have filled out the Registration Information, select General Registration (this will allow you to create your own schedule).
  4. You will then be directed to the Session Registration screen. There, you can search for “Swarm Starter” in the search box. Once it appears, you can select Add to Agenda. If you would like to add additional Meliora Weekend events, you can do so at this point.
  5. Once you have added Swarm Starter and any additional events to your agenda, scroll to the bottom of the page to click Next.
  6. Review your information and confirm your details. If you have registered for anything that requires payment, you can enter your payment information at this point.
  7. You are registered! If at any point you’d like to adjust your schedule, use the Confirmation Number emailed to you to make those changes.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Meliora Weekend Website 

Upcoming Events

Oct 05

Swarm Starter Competition

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Contact Heidi Mergenthaler, Program Manager.