Loyola University Maryland

Building a Better World Through Business

Pitch Competition Entry Process

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 two workshops 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. 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.  Those selected for the pitch poster event all be required to attend a workshop on how to prepare a poster that captures an idea and proposed solution, and how to successfully pitch/communicate your idea.

For detailed instructions regarding the 2020 pitch competition, download our pitch proposal flyer.

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.

Idea Generation Workshop:

Date Time Location Description
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 7-9 p.m. Knott Hall BH03 In order to be competitive in the process and receive hands-on guidance regarding the idea proposal submission, it is highly recommended for individuals/teams to attend this workshop.

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.

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 on Monday, March 16 from 6–8 p.m (Makerspace in library). At least one member of the team must be present at the workshop. The workshop will focus on communicating your idea and effectively capturing your idea on the poster.

All teams must send their poster via email to Dave Luvison (dluvison@loyola.edu) by Friday, March 20 at 4 p.m. The poster should be no larger than 4x4. The printing costs for the posters will be paid for by the university. 

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