Application is open for the Global Pitch Competition. The act of launching a new venture is the simplest path toward job security & financial freedom for any aspiring business founder. Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ have a great advantage in applying for and obtaining funding from Pitch Competitions, not to mention the lack of direct risk in launching a business. The application window for the 2023 Competition is open, click below to apply today and continue scrolling to view important dates for the competition.
In order to participate, you must be an actively enrolled student in your university or college. You must have a feasible business idea -or- be the founder of a business with revenues. If you successfully receive prize money by placing in the top 5 finalists of the competition, you will be required to present a class schedule in your name for the current academic semester. Failure to do so will result in the loss of your prize funding and will instead be awarded to the next runner-up. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to participate. If a partner is involved in the business, they may participate in all components of the competition.
Student participants will work at the start of the Fall Semester to assemble an Online Startup Pitch Deck commonly known as a PitchPage. Along the journey, participants will be guided through the creation of various elements of their pitch deck and Mentors/Advisors will work one-on-one with students to provide actionable feedback as they assemble strong Online Decks. On a weekly basis, participants will complete the following elements of their pitch deck.
Business Profile: Participants begin with a blank PitchPage and create an Online Startup Pitch Deck, including:
- Business Introduction
- The Problem
- The Solution
- Team Profile
How the Make Money: Participants will effectively demonstrate their business model, including:
- The Product
- The Service
- Business Model
Due Dilligence + Funds: Participants demonstrate their knowledge of market share and planned use of prize winnings
- Use of Funds
Finalize the Deck: Participants will upload their 90-second pitch video and complete submissions of their supporting documents.
- Supporting Documents
- 90 Second Pitch Video
After the three-week program, participants will have a completed PitchPage (an Online Startup Pitch Deck). CEO will disburse these decks to judges who will access the deck and evaluate each venture based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to concept feasibility, business model representation, “investability”, traction and the individual’s aptitude for new venture creation. After a week-long judging process, twenty (20) finalists will be announced. Each finalist will deliver a 5-minute pitch, met with 5 minutes of Q&A on the main stage of the Global Conference, in-person, in Tampa, FL for $20,000 in funding. As a way to increase awareness of the 100 new ventures created by participating in this competition, the CEO will feature each “Pitch Video” on a YouTube playlist. Each of the 100 participants will embark on their own social media campaigns to increase pitch video viewership and likes. The Pitch Video with the most views and likes will be awarded The Venture Valley Collegiate Entrepreneur of the Year and a $600 cash prize!