This summit will bring together local and national experts to share best practices in how we can help students have their voice heard in the 2018 election.

Democracy Shark Tank

We are inviting higher education institutions from across Minnesota to organize teams of faculty, student life staff, campus administrators and students to participate in our Democracy Shark Tank. This interactive competition will allow participants to put the skills learned earlier in the day into action.

The campus teams will develop ideas and plans to support student voter engagement in the 2018 election. Then they pitch those ideas to a panel of “Sharks” that will invest $10,000 worth of seed funding to help support campuses’ work.

Why we are organizing this event

The LeadMN Growing Voters project seeks to make voting habit forming in young people through a long-term approach of civic education, creating civic agency and tearing down institutional barriers that prevent students from voting. This project is centered around the idea that just “motivating” young voters is purely transactional and that if we want to rebuild our democracy we should cultivate young people to translate their voice into the voting process.


Contact LeadMN Director of Programs & Events Lindsay Barton at

Shark Tank Sponsors

Campus Compact
Democracy Works
Students Learn Students Vote