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Think Tank Shark Tank Award Competition

Do you have what it takes to stand before an audience of over 500 and pitch your organization's most cutting-edge project? How about before a panel of potential supporters who will quiz you on the intricacies of your plan? In only 5 minutes?

In the spirit of innovation, the Think Tank Shark Tank Competition highlights three grantee contestants who will each have 5 minutes to pitch one of their Atlas Network-funded projects before a panel of judges and an audience of the world's top freedom advocates, influencers, and supporters at Atlas Network's Liberty Forum on November 16th in New York. The winner will receive $25,000 in additional funding for that project!

Applications for this award are by invitation only. If you have an idea for a compelling and innovative project that is not currently supported by an Atlas Network grant, but you believe it would be a good fit for the competition, please contact Hunter Rauch.

Questions? Contact Hunter Rauch, Institute Relations Manager, at

Past Winners of the Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner Think Tank Shark Tank Competition:

Belarussian Leadership Program

Ukrainian Students for Freedom | Ukraine

Daniil Lubkin won the 2021 Think Tank Shark Tank Award for his pitch to train Belarussian activists to work effectively for a freer Belarus. Read more about Daniil's pitch here.

Young and Self-Employed
Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad (FundaLib) | Spain
Roxana Nicula won the 2020 Think Tank Shark Tank Award for her pitch to produce a report on Economics of Youth Entrepreneurship and Tax Obstacles, to address the barriers that young people in Spain face when trying to start a business. Read more about Roxana's pitch here.

The Free Market Rules Curriculum
Libertas | United States
Connor Boyack won the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank Award for his pitch for a curriculum-based project that would provide weekly lessons for both children and their parents to learn about free-market economics and the advantages of a free society. Read more about Connor's pitch here.


Libertarian Club Libek | Serbia

Petar Čekerevac won the 2018 Think Tank Shark Tank Award for his pitch for an online media outlet Talas ("The Wave"), which brings the ideas of liberty and libertarian commentary and opinion to millennial audiences in Serbia.

The incubator Le Coquetier

Institut de Formation Politique | France

Alexandre Pesey won the 2017 Think Tank Shark Tank Award for the “The incubator Le Coquetier” project proposal.

Affordable Food for the Poor MOOC

Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) | Indonesia

Anthea Haryoko won the 2016 Think Tank Shark Tank Award for the “Affordable Food for the Poor MOOC” project proposal.

Balkan Liberty Fest

Multi | Bosnia and Herzgovenia

Admir Čavalić won the 2015 Think Tank Shark Tank Award for the “Balkan Liberty Fest” project proposal.

I-torney: A People's Pocket Lawyer Mobile App

India Institute | India

Baladevan Rangaraju won the 2014 Think Tank Shark Tank Award for the “I-torney: A People’s Pocket Lawyer Mobile App” project proposal.