The Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program is designed for first time in college freshmen interested in identifying business opportunities, gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to launch a business, managing limited resources, and developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Similar to the popular television show “Shark Tank,” students will pitch a concept for a business or product to business leaders, faculty in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship (HCBE), and other NSU faculty members in Shark Pitch. Selected students will minor in Entrepreneurship; enjoy unique mentoring experiences with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and faculty members; get a glimpse into the minds of successful, outstanding high-profile entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Distinguished Lecturer Series; meet face-to-face and dialogue with Executives in Residence; and network with entrepreneurs and business executives. Students will start an on-campus business with a $5,000 micro-loan. Students participating in this innovative scholars program must have a deep desire to build and sustain strong, ethical, and socially responsible businesses.
Through the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program and co-curricular activities, students will be prepared to start their own businesses, purchase an existing business, buy a franchise, organize the launch of new products or services, or work for an existing business and lead the development of a new division.
Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate their entrepreneurial mindset and have an understanding of what it is to be part of a cutting-edge entrepreneurial program. Through opportunity recognition they will recognize, create, and develop ideas; evaluate those ideas against market needs; and, convert the good ideas into business opportunities and be true representatives of what NSU expects from its students—entrepreneurial leaders with a strong moral compass starting and growing socially responsible, ethical, and sustainable businesses.
Requirements: Interested in developing and launching a business that will benefit the greater university. Students are required to live on campus.
Award Amount: $21,000 ($17,000 tuition restricted, $3,500 campus housing, $500 meal plan)
After completion of the Razor's Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program, students are eligible to receive a Minor in Entrepreneurship, noted on the student's transcript.
MGT 2050 – Principals of Management (3 credits) LED 3000 – Introduction to Leadership (3 Credits)
These courses can be taken in either semester 1 or 2.
Razor’s Edge Shark Cage students are required to join or create a campus student club or organization; present an Elevator Pitch to Huizenga Business College faculty and fellow Shark Cage students; and, participate in bi-monthly conclave meetings, service days, and Shark Preview. Students will present a Shark Pitch presentation to a panel of experts, prospective Razor’s Edge Shark Cage students and HCBE students and utilize the feedback to develop further funding opportunity in second year; and, students will begin developing a portfolio.
Semester 1/Fall 1 Cohort Group:
Semester 1/Fall 2 Cohort Group:
Razor’s Edge Shark Cage students are required to participate in a student business club or other club on campus; and, participate in bi-monthly conclave meetings, service days, and Shark Preview. Students will serve as mentors to younger Shark Cage students; create a business plan; make a presentation to gain funding from NSU, including financial analysis for viability of the business; meet with various NSU departments to understand logistical, legal, and other issues related to getting their business ready to launch; and, continue working on their student portfolio.
Semester 1/Fall 2:
Semester 2/Winter 2 Cohort Group:
Razor’s Edge Shark Cage students are encouraged to hold a leadership position in a business club or other club on campus; participate in bi-monthly conclave meetings, service days, and Shark Preview; serve as mentors to younger Shark Cage students; launch and run an impactful business that engages the campus community; and, continue to work on their student portfolio.
Razor’s Edge Shark Cage students are encouraged to hold a leadership position in a business club or other club on campus; participate in bi-monthly conclave meetings, service days, and Shark Preview; serve as mentors to younger Shark Cage students; serve as a DECCA competition judge; develop an exit strategy for their business; and, finalize their student portfolio.
The scholarship allocation for the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program is as follows:
Note: These scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous undergraduate enrollment pending successful completion of yearly program requirements. Students receiving such support must agree to live in on-campus housing for the duration of the entire program.
There is one application for all Razor's Edge Scholars Programs. Prospective applicants accepted to NSU will proceed to the next step of the application process, notified accordingly, and must attend one of the designated Shark Preview Weekends to interview and complete the application process.
Students with a deep desire to build and sustain strong, ethical, and socially responsible businesses and to find their competitive edge, now is the time to become a Razor's Edge Shark Cage Scholar!
For more information on how to apply to become a Razor's Edge Shark Cage Scholar, visit the SharkPreview Orientation page.
For more information:
Cheryl R. Babcock, CFE
Lecturer & Director
Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University