Global Pitch Competition

2017 Pitch Competition Winners with Giles Hertz and James Zebrowski 

The Global Conference & Pitch Competition, hosted by The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) will bring together nearly 1,500 young entrepreneurs, students and faculty worldwide 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 8,000 students. Approximately 80 outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders help to infuse entrepreneurship into the fabric of universities globally 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. 

All applications are processed as soon as they are received.  However, you will not hear back from CEO until the below “important dates”.  In order to be considered for preliminary judging after the submission deadline, YOU MUST be registered for the conference by October 15th

To qualify for automatic submission, your university must host a local pitch competition, select a winner, provide full travel, registration and lodging for the participant and e-mail CEO HQ your competition flyer.    

Important Dates

  • Global Pitch Competition Submissions are due October 15 , 2018.  
  • Accepted participants will be notified via email on October 19, 2018add and to your safe sender list to ensure proper receipt of congratulatory e-mail.
  • The Conference will take place on November 1 - 3, 2018 
  • Pitch Participants must be at the conference location for a kick-off meeting on Thursday Nov. 1st at 4:00pm CST.


During the Global Conference, CEO orchestrates the largest student pitch competition in the United States and the world.  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:

Track 2 - Preliminary:

Concepts that are in Idea Stage – with no revenues, prototypes or products.

Concepts that beyond Idea Stage – with revenues, prototypes or products

Seed Funding:

  • First Place - $5,000
  • Second Place - $3,500
  • Third Place - $2,000 


Can I present with my co-founder?

No. The competition is for individuals who wish to pitch an idea or product. If a partner is involved in the business, they may participate in all components of the competition, with the exception of your pitch, duos are not permitted.

How long is my pitch supposed to be?

The pitch is no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds - 90 seconds total.  Please prepare a concise and detailed pitch for your product/service business. 

Can I use a PowerPoint to assist my pitch?   

No, however you can bring any small props or prototypes.   

How will the competition be judged?

CEO does not release the judging criteria prior to the competition, but the judges will evaluate on content, delivery, viability of the venture, and the problem the company solves.

Can I get feedback from the judges?

Yes, the judges score the students on a written sheet with a space for additional comments. After the scores have been recorded, the students are free to see their marks. Check at the conference registration table to pick-up scoring sheets.

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

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(813) 258 - 7236 (7CEO)


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