Manatee Tank

Back by popular demand, Oweesta’s Manatee Tank is a playful spin on Shark Tank. Aspiring Native CDFIs will give brief presentations on their organization or emerging programs to the “Manatees,” a panel of seasoned investors and funders. Manatees, will ask questions, provide constructive feedback, and discuss investment opportunities.

Presenters will be scored on mission and passion, clarity, and the ability to move the head and the heart. Pitches will be recorded and promoted on Oweesta’s digital media; video recordings can be reused by presenters.

Manatee Tank takes place during our annual Native CDFI Capital Access Convening. To get involved as a pitching organization or a ‘Manatee’ judge, contact our Manatee Tank host Fern Orie, Chief Programs Officer / Executive Vice President of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, at

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Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street, 1st Floor
Longmont, CO 80501

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Oweesta is the longest standing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. Specifically, Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.


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