SHARK TANK: Transportation Edition


The deadline for Shark Tank has passed. Thanks for your interest!

Do you have an innovative transportation idea?

Calling all currently enrolled Virginia college students! We are on the hunt for shark bait - do you have an innovative transportation idea?

The Virginia Governor’s Transportation Conference, the annual pre-eminent gathering of 1000+ transportation professionals from all areas of the commonwealth, will be held Oct. 19-21 in Arlington, Virginia.  

This year will feature a first-time ever conference event – SHARK TANK:  Transportation Edition.  

We invite you to submit your innovative transportation/related idea, design or invention for consideration. 

We are looking for outside-of-the-box ideas. 

If selected you (and your team, if applicable) will join others at a main conference session and present your concept to a team of transportation ‘sharks’ – professionals who know the industry and recognize the best ideas.  

The individual or team with the most innovative and exciting pitch could win up to $15,000 – winnings will be based on the ‘sharks’ determination of the potential market value of your idea!

This competition is open to students currently enrolled at a Virginia college, including incoming freshman. During this interactive, engaging session, students should be prepared to bring their A game to survive the bite of the sharks!

  • Online applications for SHARK TANK must be submitted for consideration and can be found below.

  • Application submissions are for internal use only and will not be published, disclosed or distributed. Do not submit proprietary material.

  • Applications are not expected to be a proposal, academic submission requiring sources, or thesis.

  • Application submissions should provide enough detail to determine if the idea is ready for consideration by the sharks.

  • This is not a presentation, rather a pitch.

  • Participants should expect to prepare a 5-10 minute pitch.

  • SHARK TANK session will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, between 9 – 11 a.m.(this time slot is subject to change).

  • Application deadline is Oct. 7, 2016. Applications received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

We encourage you to check out the ABC show Shark Tank at http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank. This will provide some idea on what Transportation Edition will be like.

Would you like to pitch an idea? Fill out this form!


Ronique Day

If you would like to sponsor Shark Tank: Transportation Edition, please visit the website for details. Additionally, if you would like to participate by supporting a Shark Tank participant or team through a monetary contribution, please contact Cheryl Sanders at Cheryl.sanders@dmv.virginia.gov. Supporters will receive recognition during the Shark Tank session.

The Governor’s Transportation Conference is offering discounted registration for students who want to attend the conference. Visit the website for additional details.

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