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NMSU Arrowhead Center’s Aggie Shark Tank makes waves for student, alumni entrepreneurs

Release Date: 13 Oct 2022
NMSU Arrowhead Center’s Aggie Shark Tank makes waves for student, alumni entrepreneurs

The ever-popular Shark Tank event hosted by New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center is making an in-person comeback this year.

After being held virtually for the past two years, this year’s event will take place in person from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the NMSU Center for the Arts. A reception will follow. The event is sponsored by the Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship at Arrowhead Center.

The public is invited to watch growing student- and alumni-led businesses pitch their ideas to local and nationwide investors, or “sharks,” to help create new businesses in the region.

“All of the student entrepreneurs have innovative ideas that will have positive economic impacts, not only in our Borderplex region, but in our national and global economies. It will be a nail-biting event to watch the students pitch to the sharks,” said Brooke Montgomery, program director at Arrowhead Center.

Sharks for this year’s event include Bill Smallwood, software developer and angel investor; Daniel Santamarina, managing partner at Dux Capital; Beto Pallares, professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at NMSU and Arrowhead Innovation Fund manager; Matt Smith, venture capitalist; Noreen Gillan, wealth management adviser and overseer of the wealth planning experience for a boutique-style banking and investment group inside of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; and Samantha Lewis, principal at Mercury Fund.

The sharks will give feedback and possible investment opportunities to student and alumni entrepreneurs.

To learn more and register for this free event, visit

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