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Non-Profit Version of ‘Shark Tank’ Features Environmental Innovations at Earth Day Texas


The Dallas-Fort Worth area is playing host to a smaller, non-profit version of the popular reality show, ‘Shark Tank’ as part of this year’s Earth Day Texas and the Dallas Festival of Ideas. Local groups can enter their environment-benefiting ideas for a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Earth Tank Prize.


Texas Festival Uses Contest to Showcase New Environmentally-Conscious Concepts and Award Innovation


“We see this initiative as an excellent opportunity to further our mission of advancing environmental thought by connecting our environment to visionary conversations,” said Jerry Hess, Earth Day Texas’ CEO in a recently released written statement. “We expect to see great ideas and outcomes from this competition…”


The contest is model similarly to the popular tv show ‘Shark Tank,” where contestants pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors. The investors pick apart the proposed concept, and vote to determine whether or not any of them will finance the operation/production of the contestant’s idea.


Panel of Local Celebrities and Environmental Experts Will Determine the Winner of the $25 Thousand Prize


Similarly to the real ‘Shark Tank,’ the contest will feature a panel of celebrity judges to review the contestant’s proposals. One of these local celebrity judges is the Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban.


Also sitting on the panel of judges at the Earth Day Texas contest are several representatives from national environmental nonprofits and Dallas Festival of Ideas experts from the Healthy City, Physical City, Entrepreneurial City, Educated City and Literary City panels.


Submission Deadline Information, Contest Recording Availability, and More Information on the Environmentally-Centered Contest


Judges will be considering the environmental impact of the ideas pitched when determining the finalists as well as the winners. They’ll also be judged on criteria connected to the following elements:


  • Education
  • Health
  • Literacy
  • Downtown or suburban jobs in the Dallas area
  • Entrepreneurship


For those who are unable to attend the Earth Day Texas festival this year, but would like to see the environmentally-focused submissions for the competition, you can watch the filmed recording of the contest on the Earth Day Texas’ website, and also see follow-ups on the projects featured in the contest.


The submission deadline for interested people with ideas of ways to benefit the environment is March 25. Ideas must be submitted to before that deadline. The nine finalists will be announced on April 4, and will be participating in the festival contest. The Earth Tank Prize’s 15-minute pitches will take place on April 24 during Earth Day Texas at Fair Park, and the winners will be announced publically later that same day.


The 2016 Dallas Festival of Ideas will be held on that Friday and Saturday at Fair Park, and admission is free. More details are available at The 2016 Earth Day Texas Festival runs from April 22 to 24, and is also located at Fair Park. Admission for EDTx is also free. Details are available online at


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