Queens Pitch Competition 2023
A Big Idea Competition for Student Innovators.
Annual Pitch Competition
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Sandra Levine Theatre
Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement
The Queens Pitch Competition gives undergraduate students from all majors the opportunity to compete for up to $5,000 in prize money for their innovative business ideas.
Throughout January and February, teams will meet with entrepreneurial experts to learn the foundations of how to build and deliver a successful pitch. Teams are expected to work on their projects on a daily basis leading up to the competition.
There will be two rounds in the competition. For the first round, teams will submit a video recording of their pitch, which will be judged by local entrepreneurs. Three or four teams will be selected as finalists for the live competition.
On March 29, teams will pitch their business ideas live on stage in front of a panel of experts and audience!
Parking and Registration
Free parking will be available to all teams and attendees in the North Parking Deck.
All faculty, staff, students, and community members are welcome to attend and observe the competition. Please register your attendance below.
Who is Eligible?
Current undergraduate students from any major and class year can participate. All applicants must have:
- 1-4 team members. (Note - Students are allowed to participate without a team if they'd like to pitch individually.)
- A burning passion for what you’re trying to build!
- A desire to prioritize the Pitch Competition this spring!
How to Apply
Complete an application by Friday, January 20, at 5 p.m.
What you need to know before applying:
- Companies representing any industry or sector — from no-tech to high-tech — are welcome to apply. What’s important is that you can clearly articulate how and why what you want to build meets a real need.
- Applying to the pitch competition means you agree to participate in three weekly educational sessions, as well as meet our expectation that you will make good use of the resources made available to and curated for you.
- Students at any level from any discipline are welcome. We encourage applicants to incorporate a diversity of backgrounds and experience — these tend to be some of the most creative, capable and resilient founding teams!
- All companies are accepted into the program on a trial basis. However, only those companies who fully participate in the development sessions will be eligible to participate in the competition.
Attend the interest meeting on January 17 @ 10:40 a.m. in Sykes 226 to learn more about the competition process. Also, check out our video which provides an overview of the competition program.
- Queens 2021 Pitch Competition Recording
- Queens 2020 Pitch Competition Recording
- Queens 2019 Winning Student Pitches:
- 13 tips on how to deliver a pitch investors simply can’t turn down
- Tune in to PitchBreakfast virtually to see live examples of pitches.
- Dr. Greg Berka, Assistant Professor, McColl School of Business
- Dr. Oscar Barzuna Hidalgo, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Business Analytics
2022 Pitch Information
Confidentiality and Permissions
Confidentiality of information is not guaranteed and teams should not include any confidential information in their submissions, including trade secrets or other proprietary information that would be at risk for disclosure. Entry into this competition may be considered a public disclosure for patent purposes. If teams plan to file patent protection on an aspect of their business, they should consult with an intellectual property attorney before entering. Intra-team confidentiality is the sole responsibility of team members.
Teams are subject to the Honor Code. Teams may be disqualified at any time before, during, or after the pitch competition for failing to comply with these general rules or the conditions set forth in the program participation agreement.