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Pitch Competition Entry Process

2020 Pitch Competition Advancing Teams Announced!

Undergraduate and graduate students from all schools and disciplines are invited to submit proposals for the “Rising to the Challenge: Ideas to Help Build a Better Baltimore” poster and pitch competition on Wednesday, March 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Student proposals will respond to the challenge question: How might we build on Baltimore’s strengths and respond to a current need by creating a new initiative or business venture? Research and develop an idea that contributes to the economic and social well-being of Baltimore. 

Prize money will be awarded to the top three pitches ($1,500, $1,000, and $500), as well as to the team that receives the People's Choice Award ($500). Students can enter the competition individually or form teams (up to four students).

Students participating in the pitch competition are encouraged to attend a workshop to receive training and guidance from faculty and professionals as to how to come up with an idea, how to prepare a poster that captures an idea and proposed solution, and how to successfully pitch/communicate your idea.

How can I come up with an idea and develop my proposal?

Come to an idea generation workshop on campus. At the workshop you will learn how to research problems, identify a challenge or compelling needs, recognize opportunities, brainstorm solutions, and develop a plan.

When is the proposal deadline?

Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 21, 2020. Please note that by submitting your proposal you are agreeing to participate in the pitch competition event.

What should my proposal focus on?

Student proposals will respond to the challenge question: How might we build on Baltimore’s strengths and respond to a current need by creating a new initiative or business venture? Research and develop an idea that contributes to the economic and social well-being of Baltimore. The proposal is designed to learn more about your idea. It asks you to respond to the following (each response can be no longer than 1200 characters):

  • Describe your team's idea, being sure to explain how your research has uncovered the compelling need it responds to.
  • Describe the target audience for this idea.
  • Explain how you will market your idea.
  • Indicate what you would do to ensure that the initiative or venture you are proposing would be able to endure beyond its start-up phase.
  • Describe how you would implement this idea (how you translate the idea into action).
  • Explain the nature and level of impact this idea would have on Baltimore.

How do I submit my proposal?

Submit your proposal here

When will I know if my proposal was accepted?

By February, 27, 2020 all team leaders will hear from the proposal review committee regarding whether the proposal was accepted. 

What happens if my proposal is accepted?

If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with information on the poster requirements and the judgement criteria. You will also be provided the name of your mentor.  There will be a mandatory workshop for teams advancing to the competition. At least one member of the team must be present at the workshop.

Still have questions? Please email Dave Luvison at dluvison@loyola.edu.