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Join us for Hawk Tank 2024

Hawk Tank is a dynamic business competition open to participants from Fort Lewis College (including recent alumni), San Juan College, and regional high schools. Guided by our dedicated program advisors and supported by sponsors, we focus on nurturing the essential professional and business skills necessary to transform a business idea into a competitive plan.

Participants in Hawk Tank not only acquire invaluable real-world skills and business acumen but also stand a chance to win attractive prize money. Join us on the exciting journey from ideation to competition, where success is not just a goal but a tangible outcome.

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2023 Winners

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FLC Track winners 

  • 1st place ($10,000): Wakȟályapí Coffee, handcrafted premium sage-blend coffee sourced from the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • 2nd place ($2,500): CreativitEE, a startup with a focus on educating the younger generation about engineering concepts through pre-made kits and hands-on training experiences.
  • 3rd place ($1,000): Golden Hour, an esports startup with a focus on providing an inclusive and engaging environment for competitive video gamers and aiding gamers in competitions.

Alumni Track winners

  • 1st place ($5,000): Peaks and Dreams, an event planning organization that focuses primarily on weddings and making events magical and memorable.

High School Track winners 

  • 1st place ($500): Wolverine Den, a unique and delicious barbecue and burger food truck that will revolutionize the fast food scene in Bayfield, Colorado.
  • 2nd place ($250): Mystical Mystique, a teen-focused bookshop with affordable tutoring and homework help available to students.
  • 3rd place ($100): Forks and Knives, an authentic Italian restaurant experience located in Farmington, New Mexico.


Fort Lewis College and San Juan College students, recent alumni, and regional high school students: enter your business plan in a competition and win startup cash to make your dream business a reality.

Three competitions, lots of winners

College Track

Fort Lewis College students compete to win up to $10,000 for the best business plan.

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High School Track

High school students from the Durango/Four Corners region compete to win up to $8000 in scholarships to Fort Lewis College or San Juan College and cash prizes up to $500.

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Alumni Track

Recent FLC and SJC alumni compete against each other to win a $5000 prize for the best business plan.

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Please consider giving to Hawk Tank to support the entrepreneurial spirit of our region. Even small donations add up to have a meaningful impact.

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