Join the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship for the inaugural DEAC TANK Competition!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Benson 401

Complimentary pizza and sodas at 5:30 pm!

DEAC TANK is a Shark Tank-style competition where Deacon Springboard student entrepreneurs pitch their ventures live in front of judges in hopes of gaining valuable feedback and monetary prizes to take their concepts to the next level.  Judges will evaluate the ideas presented and choose the top three teams to receive additional funding to grow their company. 

The first annual DEAC TANK will feature special speakers, Michael and Laura Dweck, co-founders of Basic Outfitters and recent stars on the hit TV show, Shark Tank! Michael and Laura will discuss starting their business, life after Shark Tank, and priceless tips for how students can start their own business.

We are excited to announce the DEAC TANK competitors from the Deacon Springboard!

Read more about them below!


Higher Art - Brooke Einbender, Zanny Dow, Hana Polizzotto

Brooke Einbender, Zanny Dow, and Hana Polizzotto - Higher Art Galleries has a mission to support college artists and their art departments nationwide. Our platform provides a way to purchase incredible art made by talented student artists. Higher Art provides the option to purchase original art as well as prints of originals.

Simpull Cork Arthur Willson and Hannah Shows


Arthur Willson and Hannah Shows - SimpullCork is an innovative wine opening solution that eliminates the need for additional tools and aftermarket wine stoppers. Using an integrated loop system, SimpullCork allows easy removal of wine corks without damaging the cork.



Sophie Hollis - Ellis Bell is a clothing and design company designed for the practical, modern woman. The contrast in functionality between men’s and women’s clothing inspires us to promote gender equality by creating designs with useful pockets for women. We also commit to giving part of our profits to support women’s education. We hope to grant women further autonomy with clothing that is both inventive and refined by empowering them to hold their own (stuff).



Bailey Greenberg - The Portal Pocket Tee is a t-shirt with a decoy pocket that allows cancer patients to provide easy access to their chest ports while receiving chemotherapy infusions. The portal pocket tee is a unique, affordable and practical alternative to hospital gowns, nudity or overly-expensive clothing.


Youssef Albanawi and Moises Castano - 
Pillotect is medication connectivity that supports the fight against prescription abuse.  It is a smart pill bottle that monitors your medical intake through the detection of weight fluctuations. It incorporates a locking mechanism to prevent users from taking more than the prescribed dosage. The highly integrated app operates as a platform for tracking dosages, informing you when abuse is taking place, and connecting you to a network of support. For the prescribed patient, a family with users, a loved one, and doctors, Pillotect connects the necessary stakeholders in the fight against prescription abuse.


Lauren Miller and Olivia Wolff - UpDog Kombucha is a kombucha microbrewery started in a Wake Forest dorm room and now an operating business in Winston-Salem, NC. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is packed with beneficial probiotics, enzymes, and acids that support digestive health. UpDog currently produces 200 gallons of kombucha per week, selling in bottles and kegs at over 16 locations in Winston-Salem.