Fake Product Pitches for Shark Tank

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Title: Shark Tank Product Pitch Workshop

Grade Level: High School

Duration: 2 class periods (90 minutes each)


  • To introduce students to the concepts of entrepreneurship and product development
  • To develop students' communication and presentation skills through a product pitch simulation
  • To promote creativity and problem-solving skills through the development of innovative product ideas


  • Whiteboards or chart paper
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Laptops or tablets
  • Projector or smart board
  • Shark Tank pitch simulation handout
  • Rubric for assessing student presentations


Day 1

Introduction (10 minutes):

  • Begin by introducing the concept of entrepreneurship and explaining how Shark Tank works as a platform for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to investors.
  • Show a brief clip of Shark Tank to give students a sense of what the show is like.

Brainstorming (20 minutes):

  • Divide students into small groups of 3-4.
  • Give each group a whiteboard or chart paper and markers, and have them brainstorm product ideas that they think would be successful in a Shark Tank pitch.
  • Encourage students to be creative and think outside the box.

Product Development (40 minutes):

  • Have each group select one product idea to develop further.
  • Provide laptops or tablets for students to conduct research on their product idea.
  • Encourage students to think about the target market, product features, and potential revenue streams for their product.
  • Ask groups to create a pitch deck or slideshow presentation to showcase their product.

Day 2

Pitch Simulation (60 minutes):

  • Begin by reviewing the elements of a successful pitch, such as a clear value proposition, market analysis, and financial projections.
  • Provide each group with the Shark Tank pitch simulation handout, which outlines the key elements of a pitch.
  • Have groups practice pitching their product to each other, using the rubric to assess their presentations.
  • Encourage students to give constructive feedback to their peers and offer suggestions for improvement.

Final Presentations (30 minutes):

  • Each group will present their product pitch to the class.
  • Allow time for questions and feedback from the audience.
  • Use the rubric to assess each presentation and provide feedback to students on their communication and presentation skills.

Conclusion (10 minutes):

  • Conclude by discussing the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in today's economy.
  • Encourage students to continue developing their product ideas and pursuing their passions.


  • Rubric for assessing student presentations, based on the elements of a successful pitch (clear value proposition, market analysis, financial projections, etc.)
  • Informal observation of student engagement and participation in group work and pitch simulations.

Fake Product Pitches

Fake "Shark Tank" pitch simulations for your class or workshop. Here are some examples of potential products or ideas that your students could pitch:

  1. Smart Backpack: A backpack that is equipped with technology to track your daily activity and provide you with suggestions for a healthier lifestyle.
  2. Reusable Water Bottle with a Built-in Filter: A water bottle that has a built-in filter to help purify tap water and reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles.
  3. Virtual Personal Shopping Assistant: An app that uses AI and machine learning to provide personalized shopping recommendations based on a user's preferences and purchase history.
  4. Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: A line of cleaning products made from all-natural and biodegradable ingredients, packaged in eco-friendly materials.
  5. Smart Mirror: A mirror that doubles as a personal assistant, providing weather updates, news, and reminders, as well as analyzing your skin health and suggesting beauty products.
  6. Portable Solar Charger: A compact and lightweight solar charger that can be used to charge mobile devices on-the-go, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers.
  7. Smart Gardening Kit: A kit that includes a set of sensors to monitor soil moisture, temperature, and light levels, along with a mobile app that provides gardening tips and personalized recommendations.

These are just a few examples of the types of products or ideas that your students could pitch in a "Shark Tank" simulation. You could divide the class into groups and have each group work on developing a pitch for their product or idea. They could present their pitch to the class or a panel of judges, who could then ask questions and provide feedback. This exercise can help students develop their pitching and presentation skills, as well as their ability to think creatively and critically about a product or idea.

Here are 20 more fake "Shark Tank" pitch simulations:

  1. Interactive Educational Toys: A series of educational toys that use augmented reality and other interactive features to help children learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects.
  2. Smart Pill Dispenser: A pill dispenser that reminds patients to take their medication on time and tracks their adherence to their medication regimen.
  3. Sustainable Clothing Line: A clothing line that uses sustainable materials and production methods to create stylish and eco-friendly clothing.
  4. Personalized Meal Delivery Service: A meal delivery service that uses AI and machine learning to create personalized meal plans based on a user's dietary preferences and health goals.
  5. Wearable Health Monitor: A wearable device that tracks a user's vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels, and provides personalized health recommendations.
  6. Virtual Interior Design Service: An online platform that allows users to visualize and design their own home interiors using 3D models and augmented reality.
  7. Home Security Drone: A drone that can be programmed to fly around a user's home and monitor for suspicious activity, providing real-time alerts and video footage.
  8. Smart Bike Lock: A bike lock that uses Bluetooth and GPS technology to prevent theft and provide location tracking, as well as other safety features such as automatic emergency alerts.
  9. AI-Powered Language Learning App: A mobile app that uses AI and natural language processing to help users learn a new language, providing personalized feedback and suggestions for improvement.
  10. Smart Thermostat: A thermostat that uses machine learning to predict a user's preferences and automatically adjust the temperature to provide optimal comfort and energy savings.
  11. Smart Recycling Bin: A recycling bin that uses image recognition technology to sort and separate recyclables from non-recyclables, and provides users with real-time feedback and insights on their recycling habits.
  12. Smart Kitchen Scale: A kitchen scale that uses AI and machine learning to provide users with accurate measurements, recipe suggestions, and nutrition information, as well as real-time adjustments to ingredient amounts based on serving size.
  13. Mobile Meditation App: A mobile app that offers a variety of guided meditation sessions tailored to different moods and preferences, with features such as breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and sleep aids.
  14. AI-Powered Personal Stylist: An online platform that uses AI and computer vision to create personalized fashion recommendations for users based on their body type, style preferences, and budget.
  15. Social Impact Investing Platform: An online platform that allows investors to support social and environmental causes while generating financial returns, by investing in impact-focused companies and projects.
  16. Smart Traffic Management System: A smart city solution that uses real-time data and machine learning to optimize traffic flow and reduce congestion, through features such as dynamic traffic signals and route recommendations.
  17. Virtual Fitness Trainer: A mobile app that offers personalized workout plans and fitness tracking, with features such as live coaching, social sharing, and rewards for meeting fitness goals.
  18. AI-Powered Legal Research Tool: An online platform that uses AI and natural language processing to help legal professionals streamline their research process, by providing relevant case law and legal precedent recommendations.
  19. Smart Recycling Robot: A robot that can navigate public spaces and collect trash and recyclables, using sensors and image recognition technology to sort and separate waste materials.
  20. Sustainable Agriculture Solution: A sustainable agriculture solution that uses hydroponics, aeroponics, and other innovative farming techniques to grow crops more efficiently and sustainably, with features such as real-time monitoring and precision irrigation.

Here is a sample rubric for assessing student presentations in a Shark Tank product pitch workshop:

Criteria for Assessment:

  1. Value Proposition: The product idea is clear, innovative, and addresses a specific need or problem in the market. (10 points)
  2. Market Analysis: The group has conducted research to identify the target market and understands the potential customer base for the product. (10 points)
  3. Product Features: The group has identified key features and benefits of the product, and can articulate why their product is unique and better than existing solutions. (10 points)
  4. Financial Projections: The group has created realistic financial projections for their product, including revenue, costs, and profit margins. (10 points)
  5. Pitch Delivery: The group members speak clearly, make eye contact with the audience, and demonstrate enthusiasm and confidence in their presentation. (10 points)
  6. Visual Aids: The group has created a visually appealing and informative slideshow or pitch deck to accompany their presentation. (10 points)
  7. Q&A Responses: The group members are able to respond to questions from the audience with clarity and confidence, demonstrating a deep understanding of their product and the market. (10 points)
  8. Teamwork: The group members collaborate effectively and support each other in the development and delivery of the product pitch. (10 points)

Total Score: 80 points

You may adjust the point values or criteria based on your specific goals and objectives for the workshop. The rubric can help provide a clear assessment of each group's strengths and areas for improvement, and can also help students understand the expectations for their product pitch.

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Here are some examples of how the 6 Thinking Hats could be applied to a group activity where students analyze an existing product for a fake Shark Tank pitch:

  1. White Hat (Facts and Information)
  • Students could use the white hat to research and gather information on the product, such as its features, benefits, and market positioning.
  • They could also use the white hat to gather data on the target market and the competition.
  1. Red Hat (Emotions and Feelings)
  • Students could wear the red hat to share their emotional response to the product and how they think it will impact their target audience.
  • They could also wear the red hat to discuss any emotional reactions they might anticipate from investors during the pitch.
  1. Black Hat (Criticisms and Challenges)
  • Students could use the black hat to analyze potential criticisms and challenges that the product may face in the market.
  • They could also use the black hat to identify areas where the product falls short in comparison to competitors.
  1. Yellow Hat (Benefits and Opportunities)
  • Students could use the yellow hat to identify the benefits and opportunities that the product offers to customers and the market.
  • They could also use the yellow hat to highlight any unique selling points or features that could set the product apart from competitors.
  1. Green Hat (Creativity and Innovation)
  • Students could use the green hat to brainstorm creative and innovative ways to improve or enhance the product.
  • They could also use the green hat to identify new markets or customer segments that the product could target.
  1. Blue Hat (Process and Organization)
  • Students could use the blue hat to organize their analysis of the product and develop a clear plan for their pitch.
  • During the pitch simulation, they could wear the blue hat to keep the presentation on track and ensure that all key elements are covered.

By applying the 6 Thinking Hats to their analysis of the existing product, students can gain a deeper understanding of the product and its potential in the market. They can also approach the pitch simulation with a variety of perspectives and strategies to make a compelling case to potential investors.

Here are ten high-school themed products for a fake Shark Tank:

  1. Smart Homework Planner: A digital planner that uses AI to help students organize their homework, track their progress, and receive personalized study tips based on their learning style.
  2. Language Learning Game: A game-based language learning app that helps students improve their foreign language skills through fun and engaging activities.
  3. Interactive STEM Lab: An interactive STEM lab that provides hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math, with features such as virtual simulations and real-time data analysis.
  4. Smart Backpack: A backpack that uses technology to help students stay organized, with features such as built-in charging ports, RFID blocking, and a GPS tracker.
  5. College Admissions Platform: An online platform that helps high school students navigate the college admissions process, with features such as personalized guidance, essay feedback, and scholarship search.
  6. Financial Literacy App: A mobile app that teaches high school students financial literacy skills, with features such as budget tracking, investment advice, and credit score monitoring.
  7. Smart School ID: A digital school ID that allows students to check in and out of school events and track their attendance, with features such as real-time notifications and emergency alerts.
  8. Student Mental Health Platform: An online platform that provides students with resources and support for mental health and wellness, with features such as virtual counseling sessions and stress management tools.
  9. Smart Classroom Management Tool: A tool that helps teachers manage their classrooms more effectively, with features such as student behavior tracking, grading automation, and parent communication.
  10. School Safety Solution: A school safety solution that uses technology to enhance campus security, with features such as facial recognition, emergency response systems, and automatic lockdown procedures.