Virtual Global Pitch Competition

Are you currently enrolled as a University or College student? Do you have a business idea -- or -- are you the founder of a business with revenues?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you qualify to compete in the nations largest and long-standing pitch competition, now in it's 36th year! Also, did we mention, you're competing for a piece of $15,000 in funding? 

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What is the Virtual Global Pitch Competition?

During the fall 2020 semester, student participants will assemble a business profile on a virtual stock-exchange, known as Peaqs. Along the journey, participants will be guided through the creation of elements of their new venture profile. Mentors and advisors will work one-on-one with students to provide actionable feedback as they compile strong business profiles. Along the way, participants, mentors and advisors will trade stock-credits on the exchange, providing participants with a quick and easy way to see how your business traction and popularity is trending throughout the competition.

When it's time for judging to begin, each student will have a completed business profile including the following elements:

  • Business Concept - a two paragraph narrative pitch on your venture
  • Business Model - a graphic representation of your business model and key elements of the venture
  • Pitch Video - a one minute, thirty second pitch video
  • Pitch Deck - a three-five slide pitch deck that can be used during your live presentation to include a Business Launch Plan with quarterly elements of how you plan to launch your venture. 

After the business profile has been created judges will access the exchange and evaluate each venture based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to: concept feasibility, business model representation, "investability", traction and the individuals aptitude for new venture creation. After a week long judging process, twenty (20) finalists will be announced.  Each finalist will compete on the main stage at our Virtual Global Conference for $15,000 in funding. 

As a way to increase awareness of the 100 new ventures created by participating in this competition, CEO will feature each "Pitch Video" on a YouTube playlist. Each of the 100 participants will embark on their own social media campaigns to increase pitch video viewership and likes. The Pitch Video with the most views and likes will receive The Collegiate Entrepreneur of the Year Award at a $600 cash prize!

Award Winnings

------ First Place - $7,000 -----
------ Second Place - $5,000 -----
------- Third Place - $3,000 ------

Important Dates

  • Monday, August 24: Applications Open
  • Thursday, September 24: Applications Close - Submissions are Due
  • Wednesday, September 30: 100 Competition Participants Announced
  • Thursday, October 1: 100 Competition Participants must Register for CEO Global Virtual Conference
  • Thursday, October 1: October 26: Participants work weekly to build out Business Profiles
  • Tuesday, October 27: Judging Begins - Participants can immediately review judging feedback and interact with judges
  • Monday November 2: 20 Finalists Announced
  • Saturday November 7: Final Round - Live Virtual Pitches on the Main Stage of CEO Global Virtual Conference
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Am I able to pitch?
In order to pitch, you have to be an actively enrolled student in your university or college. You do not have to present an active transcript to participate in the competition. However, if you successfully receive prize money by placing in the top 3 finalists of the competition, you will be required to present a class schedule in your name for the current academic semester. Failure to do so will result in the loss of your prize funding, and will instead be awarded to the next runner up.


Can I present with my co-founder?

Yes. 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.


What should I include in my pitch?
A good pitch is clear, emphasizes your passion and expresses a need. All contestants must include what they plan to use the first place winnings of $7,000 for and how it will advance his/her venture.


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, but the judges will have reviewed your fully completed business profile prior to the competition.


How will the competition be judged?
CEO does not release the judging criteria prior to the competition, but the judges will evaluate on concept feasibility, deliverable, how well the company solves a problem, business model representation, "investability," traction and the individuals aptitude for new venture creation.


Can I get feedback from the judges?
Yes, the judges feedback will be made available in the competition portal as soon as it's completed.

Will CEO be accepting automatic submissions to the Virtual Competition?
No, automatic submissions will not be accepted for the Virtual Pitch Competition.

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 communicate an idea to a group

NOTE TO STUDENT-PARTICIPANTS: All participants should be aware of something called 35 USC 102(b), which contains a nasty "gotcha" called an "in-use or on-sale bar" to patentability. This is not legal advice, look up 35 USC 102(b) yourself. Be familiar with this. Participants might want to consider (Prior to their presentations) taking their PowerPoint or other presentation materials, printing everything on 8.5 x 11 paper and mailing this into the US Patent Office with a check for $65 (Prior to their presentations). Doing so is not a cure-all, there are many other steps necessary in the patent process, but doing at least this can be somewhat helpful to somewhat prevent the nasty "gotcha" of 35 USC 102(b). Just be aware, doing nothing could harm your patent rights.

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