CHC reimagines ‘Shark Tank’

Posted 12/21/23

Chestnut Hill College produced its own version of the hit show -- and named a winning team with a local connection.

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CHC reimagines ‘Shark Tank’


Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban and uber entrepreneur Lori Greiner may not have been judging the student presentations in Chestnut Hill College’s East Parlor, but school leaders produced their own version of the hit TV show “Shark Tank” earlier this month, naming a winning team with a local connection.

CHC’s Griffin Tank is the school’s senior seminar for business students who team up, develop a project and pitch it to a panel of local business experts who then select a winning team. Typically, students present a “pretend” plan and sell it. This year, Griffin Tank got real.

Students served as “consultants” to five Chestnut Hill businesses, met with the owners and developed business plans to enhance their bottom lines. The businesses were Cuddles & Care, Jay Susanin’s Palladio - Bank & Surf, CLIMB, TC Unlimited and NoName Gallery.

During the more than two-hour seminar, students presented their plans and were questioned by the panel of experts. In the end, Juan Molina and Pedro Vicente, who developed a plan for NoName Gallery, were named the winners. Their plan focused on the business’s mission to create an inclusive, art-centered community. The team’s recommendations included collaborating with the Chestnut Hill Community Association to create a neighborhood mural.