Loyola University Maryland

Building a Better World Through Business

Pitch Competition Entry Process

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Building a Better Baltimore

Call for proposals from all Loyola University schools and disciplines. Up to $1500 in prize money to top teams!

Challenge Question: How might the Baltimore business community effectively advance racial equity?

Pitch Event?

Students from across our campuses (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to participate in our Building a Better Baltimore challenge, which will culminate in a virtual pitch competition Wednesday, March 24, 5-6:15 p.m.

Team Sport or Go Solo?

Students can enter individually or form teams (up to 4 Loyola students).   It is recommended that students entering as a team consider the advantages of forming interdisciplinary, diverse teams that incorporate various skill-sets and different perspectives.

How Much Is The Prize Money?

Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 teams, as well as the team that is selected as the People's Choice Award winner (attendees will be able to vote virtually!). 1st Prize: $1,500. 2nd Prize: $1,000. 3rd Prize: $500. People’s Choice Award: $500.

Deadline?

Proposal submissions are due 11:59 p.m., Feb. 26.

Where Do I Start?

Come to a virtual workshop designed to help you:

  • research problems
  • determine current efforts
  • identify compelling needs
  • recognize opportunities
  • brainstorm recommendation
  • develop proposal

Virtual Proposal Workshop

Jan. 29, 2021, 3-5 p.m.

Register for the Virtual Proposal Workshop

To be competitive in the process and receive first-hand guidance, it is highly recommended for individuals/teams to attend this workshop. The recorded workshop will be posted in early February.

What Should My Proposal Focus On?

In response to the challenge question—how might the Baltimore business community effectively advance racial equity?—the proposal asks you to address each of the following (each response can be no longer than 1200 characters):

  • What specific area are you focusing on for the Baltimore business community to advance racial equity? How did your team determine this is a compelling need?
  • Based on your research, what is currently being done to advance and/or address this specific area of racial equity?
  • Describe your proposal for the Baltimore business community.  How does your team's proposal respond to a compelling need? How does it complement current efforts to advance equity?
  • What resources and effort will be required for the Baltimore business community to enact your proposal?
  • How might the Baltimore business community partner with other stakeholders with this common goal?
  • How would we assess and measure the impact your proposal would have on advancing racial equity in Baltimore?

How Do I Submit My Proposal?

Proposals will be submitted via the survey below:

Submit Your Proposal

What Is The Timeline?

Phase 1

Feb. 26 (11:59 p.m.) proposals are due. Please note that by submitting your proposal you are agreeing to participate in the pitch competition event.

Phase 2

March 4 team leaders will be notified if their team has advanced to the next round. Semi-finalists will receive video proposal requirements and criteria, and mentor information.

Virtual Workshop: Week of March 8 (date and time TBD). At least 1 member of the team must be present at the workshop, which will focus on communicating and capturing your idea effectively via video.

Videos due: March 15 (11:59 p.m.).

Phase 3

March 20 team leaders will be notified if their team has advanced to the final round – the live virtual pitch competition.

Phase 4

March 24, 5-6:15 p.m. is the live, virtual pitch competition. Instead of Shark Tank, think Hound Tank! 

Prizes will be awarded: 1st Prize: $1,500. 2nd Prize: $1,000. 3rd Prize: $500. People’s Choice Award: $500.

Still Have Questions?

Please email Dave Luvison at dluvison@loyola.edu.

Rising to the Challenge: Building a Better Baltimore is a part of the "Building a Better World Through Business" (BBWTB), a series of events that seek to celebrate the good that business does for society as it works to transform the world through sustainable economic and social development. The series of BBWTB events are designed to highlight innovation, social justice, community collaboration, and the importance of business to the futures.