Second Annual Shark Tank of Wellness Open for Entries

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is inviting students to partake in the summit’s second-annual “Shark Tank of Wellness” student competition. The GWS is taking submissions for the 2017 competition now through May 17. Last year, the event attracted over 70 entries from 17 different countries. To enter, students must submit a written application along with a short video highlighting an innovative concept, product, or service for the wellness industry. The contest is open to university students (both undergraduate and graduate) from around the world, and the top three finalists (and their professors) will be flown to the 2017 GWS at The Breakers, Palm Beach (FL) to compete for in person for the prize money. The first place winner will receive $5,000; second place will receive $3,000; and third place, $2,000. Students will be judged based on the business viability of their concept, which can serve any aspect of the wellness industry from technology to architecture to spa design. The judges will be composed of a panel of real-world wellness experts who will question the students in front of a live audience of over 500 executive business and though leaders in the global wellness industries. There is no fee to enter the competition, and in addition to the prize money, airfare, and hotel accommodations, all three finalists and their professors will attend the three-day conference, including all general sessions, breakout discussions, industry forums, and a gala social event. The event is sponsored by Chiva-Som International Health Resort (Thailand), ESPA, Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, ResortSuite, and Jacqueline Piotaz Switzerland, and executives from each company will judge the submissions as “wellness sharks.” “The success of the inaugural ‘Shark Tank of Wellness’ competition was overwhelming and truly underlined just how has global ‘wellness innovation’ really is,” says chairman and CEO Susie Ellis. “Whittling the field down to just three finalists is a huge, but extremely gratifying, challenge—and I know both the GWS team and our ‘wellness sharks’ are looking forward to reviewing this year’s thought-provoking and inspirational entries.”