The Pitch

Do you have an innovative idea that could be the seed for a new business endeavor? Present your idea to The Pitch, an opportunity to compete against other would-be entrepreneurs for prizes and a chance to turn your idea into a real business.

The Pitch - Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 6–8 p.m, in the DeVries Theatre

Presentations are limited to 5 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judges. Your pitch can illustrate an unproven business idea or a new startup that is already capturing revenue. Contestants must present a problem, value proposition, target market/s, and revenue/business model. Templates and other resources can be accessed below.

You may recruit co-founder/s and teams to assist in your pitch considering you split any winnings. The first place pitch receives $1,000. Both second and third place receives $500. There will be frequent audience drawings for prizes, including a pair of Apple Airpods, so be sure to invite your cheer squad along.

Depending on the number of registrants we may hold a series of elimination rounds earlier in the day to vet authentic presentations. These will be held in ENS 245 - additional information forthcoming.

Here are a few resources to help get you started:

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Include these Essentials in your Pitch Deck:

  • Title: Provide company name, your name and title, address, email, etc
  • Problem/Opportunity: Describe the 'pain point' in your industry you want to alleviate. Be sure to include an infographic or diagram that expresses this.
  • Value Proposition: Explain the value of the pain you are alleviating (or pleasure provided)
  • Underlying Magic: Describe the technology or 'secret sauce' behind your product. This generally includes diagrams or infographics.
  • Business Model: Explain who your customer is and how you plan to get the money out of their pocket.


Graphics and Pitch Deck Backgrounds

Slides Carnival

Slides Carnival

Pitch Deck Slide Templates