Queens Pitch Competition 2020
A Big Idea Competition for Student Innovators.
Annual Pitch Competition
Thursday, March 19, 5:30-8 p.m.
Claudia Belk Room, Levine Center
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.
For three weeks prior to the competition, teams will meet with entrepreneurial experts to learn the foundations of how to build and deliver a successful pitch. There will also be additional workshops and events throughout other weekdays. Teams are expected to work on their projects on a daily basis throughout the duration of the accelerator. On March 19, teams will pitch their business ideas live on-campus in front of a panel of experts and audience!
- NC Idea Foundation
- TechWorks of Gaston County
- Grant Thornton
- Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte
- Innovate Charlotte
2019 Winning Pitches
- CF Warriors: Tim Dixon '19, New Media Design
- Lit-a-Viz: Taylor Leigh Robinson '20, Art History, Arts Leadership & Administration, New Media Design
- Bare: Mia Rose Voss '19, Exercise & Sport Sciences, Natali Betabdishoo '19, Management, and Michael Gonzalez '20, Biochemistry
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 the online application by Monday, February 3, 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!
- Finalists may be invited to interview with a Queens review committee.
- All companies are accepted into the program on a trial basis. However, only those companies who fully participate in education sessions and meet with their mentor(s) will be allowed to pitch on March 19.
Attend an interest meeting to learn more about the competition process.
Session 1: Feasibility of an Idea
Wednesday, February 10 at 10:40 a.m. in Sykes 326
Speaker: Louis Foreman
Session 2: How to Make a Pitch
Monday, February 17 at 10:40 a.m. in Sykes 326
Speaker: Alexis Carreiro
Session 3: Developing a Financial Business Plan
Wednesday, February 26 at 10:40 a.m. in Sykes 326
Speaker: Cass Ward
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Pitch Competition?
The Queens Pitch Competition is a pitch competition open to Queens undergraduate students. The winner(s) will receive up to $5,000 in prize money from Queens and a group of generous community sponsors. Any organization or individual interested in supporting the Queens pitch competition can do so through a donation to the McColl School of Business.
What is the purpose of this competition?
The purpose is to stupport students who are launching or are interested in advancing an innovation, product or service, or accomplishing a significant milestone in getting their big idea off the ground.
What if I don’t have a business idea but want to be part of a team?
Indicate on the application that you need team members and we will match you with a team that has similar interests and needs.
What if I don’t know how to write a business plan? Or deliver a pitch?
We will teach you! Our entrepreneurial experts will coach you on how to write a business plan and deliver a successful pitch during the workshop series.
How many teams are eligible to win?
Up to four ventures could receive prize money. The decisions will be at the discretion of the judges and the audience.
What does my team need to look like?
Each team must include at least one currently enrolled Queens student(s). At least one currently enrolled Queens student must deliver the pitch and answer questions from the judges.
Do I need to be incorporated to compete?
Teams may compete and win without being incorporated (or, in the case of a limited liability company, organized).
What is the cost to participate?
There is no cost! Just your commitment to the competition and the time you will devote to working on your pitch.
When will we find out whether we are selected for prize money?
The panel of judges will deliberate and decide that evening. We will publicly announce which teams have won prize monies directly following the pitch portion of the program.
- Example student pitch video
- 13 tips on how to deliver a pitch investors simply can’t turn down
- Example pitch videos
- Attend a PitchBreakfast in Uptown to see live examples of pitches
- Dr. Greg Berka, Assistant Professor, McColl School of Business
- Terry Broderick, Lecturer, McColl School of Business
- Dr. Aaron Socha, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Chemistry
- Dr. Marco Scipioni, Assistant Professor, Physics
- Dr. Zachary White, Associate Professor, Knight School of Communication
- Dr. James Allen, Assistant Professor, Sports Management
- Louis Foreman, Instructor, McColl School of Business
- Dr. Maggie Commins, Associate Professor, Political Science & Sociology
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.