Students Win Cash at Hawk Tank Business Plan Contest


Fort Lewis College students and recent alumni tried to sell the judges on diamond infused hair products, dehydrated food and recycled paint during a “Shark Tank”-style business competition.

The Hawk Tank competition, now in its second year, drew 25 teams who competed for cash to invest in their businesses.

The competition is open to all majors and aims to jump-start businesses in the community, Professor Michael Valdez said.

Twelve teams presented their businesses in front of a panel of expert judges during the second round Saturday morning.

Two brothers, Daniel and Michael Martin, sold the judges on a plan to resell paint online, placing first in the competition.

Their paint is recycled and produced by a company that employs those with disabilities and they plan to resell it to a worldwide company that does apartment restoration.

“We will max out our production and learn to grow with them,” Daniel Martin said.

They also plan to reach individuals through their online sales.

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