2020 Shark Tank of Wellness Global Student Competition

Deadline: 31 May 2020
Open to:
both individual students and teams of students over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world
Benefits: cash prizes


The “Shark Tank of Wellness” student competition is a unique global challenge that rewards students for their most innovative, impactful ideas for the wellness industry.

We define the wellness industry broadly and are looking for innovations in sectors as varied as architecture/design, beauty, education, fitness, hospitality, investment, medicine, nutrition, real estate, spa, technology, travel, tourism and more.

Students are to submit a concept submission form detailing their idea and a 1–2 minute video presentation of their idea. The wellness industry is currently valued at over $4.5 trillion, thus providing ample opportunity for students with great ideas!

Three finalists will be flown, along with their professors, to the annual Global Wellness Summit (GWS) being held November 10–13 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Here, they will pitch their business idea to the attending Summit delegates—a “who’s who” in the global wellness world. Several business leaders will act as “Wellness Sharks” and ask questions of the students, who will defend their innovation and make a business case for its feasibility. The first, second and third place winners will then be announced on stage during the Global Wellness Summit.


The competition is open to both individual students and teams of students over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world. There is no entry fee. Note: If participating as a team and the team is chosen as one of the top three finalists, only the team leader will be eligible to attend the Global Wellness Summit with their professor.

The participant(s) must be an undergraduate student (working toward a one- or two-year diploma, a four-year Bachelor’s degree, or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification) or a graduate/postgraduate student (working toward a Master’s, MBA, JD, MD or PhD degree) in a university or college of distinction at the time they develop and submit their concept.

The contestant(s) must be either a full-time or part-time student at the university or college.

The contestant(s) must have a professor or faculty advisor who serves as a mentor for their project.

All contestants must be available to attend the Global Wellness Summit, November 10–13, 2020, in Tel Aviv, Israel, to present their idea in person.


First Prize: One (1) first-prize winner will receive USD 5,000.
Second Prize: One (1) second-prize winner will receive USD 3,000.
Third Prize: One (1) third-prize winner will receive USD 2,000.
Total value of all prizes is USD 10,000.

Additional noncash prizes include airfare and hotel accommodations in Tel Aviv, Israel, for the top three student finalists (individual or team leader) and their professors. Also included is access to the three-day Summit (a USD 4,560 value), including all general sessions, breakout discussions and industry forums, featuring global industry leaders. A myriad of social events and a final evening gala is included. This is a priceless opportunity to meet and learn from global visionaries.

How to Apply?

1. REGISTER for the contest online: Anyone interested in participating in the competition must register by completing the Entry Form. Only registered contestants will receive the necessary information to complete the submission process.

2. SUBMIT a Concept Submission Form AND video no later than May 31, 2020. The information necessary to submit these items will only be sent to those who register for the competition.

The Concept Submission Form consists of several questions regarding the wellness idea and its viability, such as:
– Give a general description of your wellness idea.
– Identify and explain your target market and potential customers.
– Identify companies, products or services that compete with your innovation or those that could pose a barrier to entering the marketplace.
– What sets your concept submission apart? How does your innovative idea differentiate from similar products or services already in the marketplace?

The video should include a presentation of the wellness idea, focusing on why the innovation could positively impact the wellness industry. Please see Official Rules for more information.
– The video must be 1–2 minutes in length; any videos outside this length will be disqualified.
– Videos must be uploaded to a public platform, such as YouTube, Vimeo or Dailymotion.
– The video must contain only original work and not be subject to any copyright restrictions.

For more information please visit the official web page.