How to Enter the Pace Pitch Contest

Thanks for your interest in the Third Annual Pace Pitch Contest! You may apply to make a pitch in one of two categories: a New Business Concept, or a Social Venture. Each individual/team will have 3 minutes to make their pitch and may use up to 5 PowerPoint® slides. The pitch must be an original concept, created by the presenter(s). The contest is open to all members of the Pace community, as well as the general public. Each individual/team may only submit a single entry in one of the two categories.

Here's the way the contest works:
  • 1. All candidates must submit a 250 - 300 word summary of their idea for a New Business Concept or Social Venture and a 150 - 200 word biography by October 31st. Please be sure to indicate whether you are proposing a New Business Concept or Social Venture and include a name for your idea on the summary. In your bio, please be sure to indicate whether you are currently a student (include college/university and school, degree, major, full or part-time status, and expected year of graduation), or if you have already initiated the venture you are pitching. E-mail your bio and the information above to bbachenheimer@pace.edu by October 31st.

  • 2. The Selection Committee will review all submissions and announce 10 Finalists and 2 Alternates on November 6th. These Finalists and Alternates will have until November 13th to submit up to 5 PowerPoint® slides, to be used with their pitch, and a digital photo of themselves for the official program and Web site.

  • 3. On November 17th, the 10 Finalists (an Alternate will be selected if a Finalist is not present) will make their pitches to a panel of judges, in front of an enthusiastic audience. There is a strict three minute time limit for all pitches and contestants will present in alphabetical order. After each pitch, the judges may ask a number of questions. All answers must be kept to less than 1 minute.

Guidelines and judging criteria are included on the Pitch Contest Web site, www.pace.edu/pitch. Reading The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki (Penguin 2004), especially Chapter 3: The Art of Pitching, is recommended. Members of the Pace Pitch Advisory Council will be available to assist those that would like guidance preparing for the Pitch Contest. The Pace Pitch Contest has proven to be an exciting, educational, and fun event. We hope you will enjoy the afternoon and find it valuable.

Selection Committee
Dennis Anderson, PhD, Associate Dean, Seidenberg School of CSIS, Pace University
Ira Davidson, Director, Small Business Development Center at Pace University
William Fontana, Manager, Second Century Innovation and Ideas Corp
Victor Goldsmith, PhD, Executive Director, Second Century Innovation and Ideas Corp.
Jonathan H. Hill, Assistant Dean, Seidenberg School of CSIS, Pace University
Rob Johnston, Executive Director, Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Nicholas Schiavo, Founding Member, Pace Alumni Council on Entrepreneurship

Advisory Council
Bruce Bachenheimer, Clinical Professor of Management, Pace University
Narendra C. Bhandari, PhD, Professor of Management, Pace University
Branko Bucar, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management, Pace University
Melissa S. Cardon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management, Pace University
Alan B. Eisner, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, Pace University
Robert A. Isaak, PhD, Professor of Management, Pace University
Noushi Rahman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management, Pace University

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Professor Bruce Bachenheimer, Program Director of Entrepreneurship @ Lubin, at bbachenheimer@pace.edu.

Good luck!


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