National Pitch Competition
The National Conference & Pitch Competition, hosted by The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) will bring together nearly 1,500 young entrepreneurs, students and faculty nationwide to provide a 2 ½ day forum that will inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. CEO is a global network consisting of over 250 chapters and 7,500 students. Approximately 80 outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders help to infuse entrepreneurship into the fabric of universities nationally by sharing their ideas and expertise with our high energy audience of aspiring collegiate entrepreneurs. The conference also offers students the opportunity to network with peers on a global platform.
National Pitch Competition Submissions are due October 1st 2017.
During the National Conference, CEO orchestrates the largest student pitch competition in The United States. Our overall goal for the Pitch Competition is to encourage all stages of business concepts to participate. This competition is a great opportunity to pitch business concepts to a panel of judges with a chance to win financial funding for your business. The pitch competition is structured around a quick one minute and thirty second pitch, essentially, the time it would take you to pitch your idea while you ride up an elevator. Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the world of business. A well planned pitch can open doors to success in your future endeavors. Idea’s may be at any stage and the preliminary competition is split into two separate tracks.
Track 1 – Preliminary: Concepts that are in Idea Stage – with no revenues, prototypes or products
Track 2 - Preliminary: Concepts that are beyond Idea Stage – with revenues, prototypes or products
Dr. Timothy Stearns of California Fresno State University will serve as the Pitch Competition coordinator and will be in contact periodically regarding competition guidelines and submission acceptance.
Who should participate?
Students with an idea to start a business
Students who have started a company
Students interested in enhancing their presentation skills
Students who want to explore the idea of starting a company
Students who want to demonstrate their ability to clearly communication an idea to a group