Your chance to win $1,000 to develop your new venture or implement your idea to support the local community.
What: Opportunity to make a 90-second pitch on your new business idea to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors
Why: Cash prizes, feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Prior participants have gone on to raise capital and launch their BizPitch ideas.
Who: Any undergraduate student currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota
When: April 17 from 12 - 1 PM
- Submit online application: Apply by April 10
- All applicants will receive feedback and advice on developing their idea
- Finalists will be notified of advancement by April 13
- Coaching and assistance available for finalists
- Give your 90-second pitch in front of panel of judges on April 17
- $1,000 Grand Prize
- $100 Most Creative
- $100 Biggest Social Impact
- $100 People’s Choice Award
- Winners will also be provided access to advisory services through the Holmes Center's Business Hatchery to support them in their launch of their business idea. Past Biz Pitch contestants have received pro bono legal services, advice from Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and grants from the Seed Capital Fund.
Hints and Tips
What makes a good business pitch? Answer these questions succinctly:
- What is your product or service? Very simply describe what it is you sell/deliver. Be clear, but do not go into excruciating detail.
- What problem do you solve?
- What is the value proposition (what specific benefits will you deliver)?
- Who specifically is your customer? How will you reach them and create awareness?
- What are the customer's current alternatives? Briefly discuss them and how you will be different/better.
- What partners have you identified/secured?
- How will you fund your venture?
- Who will run the company? Tell them a little about you and your team's capabilities and why you can capture this opportunity.
The Biz Pitch Contest offers University of Minnesota undergrads the opportunity to present a 90-second pitch on their new business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors. Prior Biz Pitch winner, Carlson School undergrad Yehan Wang, discusses what this means for her new business.