Hawk Tank for High School Students

Calling all high school students!

Do you run a side hustle that you think might be a solid business model? Do you have an idea that could change the world, if only you had the time and money?

Calling all innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial high school students! In Spring 2019, the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center and Fort Lewis College invite you to bring your A-game to High School Hawk Tank, a spin-off of the Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition that’s been designed especially for you and your peers.

The School of Business Administration at FLC is working with FLC’s American Indian Business Leaders to promote the competition to regional high schools ranging from Durango to Shiprock, Bayfield to Bloomfield. Teams of no more than three students will have one month to craft a business plan and pitch it to each other, to other teams, and, ultimately, to a panel of business leaders in the community.

What’s in it for you, you ask? Beyond access to in-person support from Fort Lewis College faculty, alumni, local business professionals, the Beta Alpha Pi honor society, and the Reed Library patent librarian, and besides the opportunity of a lifetime to further your entrepreneurial capabilities and turn your dreams into reality, how about $47,000 in scholarships and cash awards?

That is, if your team wins, each team member will receive an $8,000 scholarship and a $1,000 cash award. Each second-place team member will receive a $4,000 scholarship and a $500 cash award, while third-place team members will each receive a $2,000 scholarship and $250 cash award.

Winners will be announced at the end of March and awarded their prizes at the SOBA banquet on April 6. What are you waiting for? Apply now!

The details

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to all regional high school students within a 3-hour drive of FLC
  • Teams of up to 3 high school students

General Requirements

  • New business idea / concept or a new venture in business for less than 2 years
  • No funding (e.g., venture capital, angel, small business loan) obtained prior to competition
  • Original work
  • No marijuana and/or alcohol related businesses

Competition Focus

  • Business plans in any industry will be acceptable for participation.

Developmental Resources for Participants

  • Mentor Program
  • Virtual Workshops/Seminars
  • Business plans 101
  • Presenting your business idea
  • Accounting for start-ups
  • Legal issues
  • Competition analysis

Mentor Program Option
Each team leader will be provided the opportunity to participate in a structured mentorship program. Mentors will be selected based on proven entrepreneurial and business success.  The Small Business Development Center, Fort Lewis College Office of Alumni Engagement, and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will be assisting in coordinating the FLC Business Plan Competition mentor option.

High School Hawk Tank awards

1st Place

$8,000 total scholarship for each team member*
$1000 cash award to be split among team members

*$2,000 Fort Lewis College scholarship towards tuition, fees, or housing for four years for each team member

2nd Place

$4,000 total scholarship for each team member*
$500 cash award to be split among team members

*$1,000 Fort Lewis College scholarship for tuition, fees, or housing for four years for each team member

3rd Place

$2,000 total scholarship for each team member*
$250 cash award to be split among team members

*$500 Fort Lewis College scholarship for tuition, fees, or housing for four years for each team member


Scholarship must be used within 3 years of graduation and winners must remain continuously enrolled at Fort Lewis College. Disbursement of funds will follow the institutional policies for disbursement [i.e., (1) tuition, (2) fees, and (3) housing].