“SNAC Tank” Pitch Competition Emceed by Barbara Corcoran

Want to take your innovative start-up snack brand to the next level? Apply now to pitch your unique snack product to a panel of expert industry judges for  the chance to win the $20,000 grand prize. The winner will also gain important connections with leading industry mentors to help scale-up, as well as visibility and coverage in industry media.

Barbara Corcoran is an investor, an entrepreneur and a judge on the hit show “Shark Tank”. Corcoran has invested in over 15 food related companies throughout her time as a ‘Shark’, including a few new snack brands.

Based on the below criteria, five (5) finalists will be selected to pitch on the live stage, and five (5) semifinalists will also be selected. All ten companies will have the opportunity to showcase their products in the SNAC Tank Showcase on Tuesday, April 2 during SNAXPO exhibit hall hours.



    • Must be an innovative start-up snack brand

    • Product must be currently available for consumer purchase

    • Preferred demonstrated financial backing

    • Must commit to attending SNAXPO (registration fee waived) and sending product to sample


Submit a two-minute smart-phone quality video clip pitch and complete the application form.


Never-before-seen innovative product or packaging.


5 finalists chosen to pitch their product to a panel of expert industry judges

2-minute pitch, 3-minute Q&A with the panel of judges

Panel of judges and the audience will vote for one brand to take home the grand prize


The 5 finalists and 5 semi-finalists chosen will exhibit in the SNAC Tank Showcase during SNAXPO on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 during exhibit hall hours

The 5 finalists and 5 semi-finalists will receive a complimentary full conference package for up to 2 employees and must attend the full conference


Cash: $20,000

Mentoring: Connections to leading industry mentors to help winner scale-up.

Media: Profile and visibility in leading trade publications (print and digital package).


Application Deadline: February 8, 2019

Finalists to be Notified: February 28, 2019


“SNAC Tank” Judges

Robert Bies

Professor of Management
Georgetown University

Robert Bies is the Academic Director of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is currently the Academic Director of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program for D.C. Public School Leaders. Professor Bies’ current research focuses on leadership, the delivery of bad news, organizational justice, andrevenge and forgiveness in the workplace. Bies received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.



Tom Dempsey

President and CEO, Kennie’s Markets; Former CEO, SNAC International; Former President, Utz Quality Foods

Tom Dempsey is currently the President and CEO of Kennie’s Markets after serving as president and CEO of the Snack Food Association (now SNAC International). During his tenure, from July 2013 to July 2017, he led the organization’s expansion to a global trade association under the newly branded SNAC International. He was previously the President of Utz Quality Foods and was with the company for 18 years.  His business careers include sales & marketing positions with Fortune 500 Companies Avon Products and Dunn & Bradstreet subsidiary R. H. Donnelly.  A native of Williamsport, Pa., and graduate of Colgate University, Tom and his wife, Bekki, have two daughters Katie & Jennifer.