Important DatesSeptember 10th- Registration Begins -October 9th & 16th- Pitch Skills Seminar -October 15th- Registration Closes -October 31st & November 1st- Preliminary Judging -November 5th- Final Event Notifications -November 15th, 6:30 p.m.- Final Event at Suites on Main North Movie Theater
The Clarion University BizPitch competition is an exciting, educational experience and is intended to challenge students’ creativity and business skills. It is designed to build on their spirit of entrepreneurship by giving students a platform to present and develop their innovative ideas.
The Clarion University BizPitch competition is open to part-time and full-time students enrolled in the Fall semester at Clarion University. Students may enter solo or in teams of no more than four. Students may be contributing members of multiple teams, but may only be a part of the pitch presentation for one entry.
What Is The Objective?
1. Create an opportunity for students to present their business venture in an environment that promotes new venture creation and the spirit of entrepreneurship.
2. Give students an opportunity to showcase their talent and passion for entrepreneurship
3. Award students scholarships and/or cash prizes.
What Goes Into a Pitch?
Students will develop and deliver an effective, professional business pitch presenting an innovative and marketable business concept that is both technically and economically feasible and profitable. The business pitch will be a 5-minute creative, compelling, and concise summary of a proposed, new, or recently launched product or service. Slides, demonstrations, and other presentation materials are encouraged. Qualifying entries will present in private to a panel of judges during the preliminary round. The grand finale of the competition will be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week and feature pitch presentations from five finalists. The final event will be open to the public and held at Clarion University.
How Do I Apply?
Students may apply to compete by registering online Starting September 10th. Registration ends October 15th.
What Do I Need to Have Prepared?
Business pitches and business plans are integral to preparing to launch your business. Entrepreneurs use business plans as a road map to success and pitches to convey the business concept, market opportunity, and potential profitability to investors and other sources of capital. The Clarion University Small Business Development Center provides free consulting and education to help you develop your plan and prepare your pitch.
Clarion University Small Business Development Center
330 North Point Drive
Barnes Center, Suite 100
Clarion, PA 16214
Successful plans cover the:
· Business idea and model
o What need does it address?
o What differentiates the product/service?
· Market opportunities
o Size and scope of the market
· Management and operations
· Implementation plans and assumptions
· Financial requirements and projections
o How much do you need?
o What are your revenue projection?
o How will it make money?