Tuskegee University and Ceyero Consulting 
Business Pitch Contest 

CONTEST BACKGROUND

Born out of the Booker T. Washington Economic Summit held at Tuskegee University each year, the Tuskegee University & Ceyero Consulting Business Pitch Competition gives “for-profit” and “non-profit” innovators from around the Black Belt the opportunity to hone their presentation skills, build confidence and present their ideas in 8 minutes or less to a panel of business leaders and entrepreneurs for the opportunity to win cash prizes and business management consultation.

CONTEST DATE, TIME AND VENUE

The Contest will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 9:00am to 3:30pm EST at the St. James Hotel, 1200 Water Ave., Selma, AL.  Call (334) 872-3234 for room reservations

JUDGING CRITERIA

Pitches will be evaluated on three, equally-weighted categories:
• Presentation: Clarity, Language, Articulation, Passion
• Opportunity: Market identification, Size and attractiveness, Target customer identification
• Solution: Value proposition, Differentiation, Financial viability/profitability

CONTEST REGISTRATION

CLICK HERE to register!

CONTEST KEY DATES

Entrants must sign up to enter the Pitch Contest no later than March 20, 2015 by submitting an email to mpeter1896@ceyero.com.  The email should include your name, contact information, the name of your business, product, concept or non-profit entity.  Entrants are encourage to download the Pitch Contest PowerPoint Template and use it to develop a pitch.  Entrants must submit their final pitch in PowerPoint format no later than noon March 23, 2015 to mpeter1896@ceyero.com.

AGENDA

AGENDA  (Please replace with information listed below)
• 8:00AM – 8:30AM – BREAKFAST 
• 8:35AM – 9:00AM - WELCOME
• 9:05AM – 9:30AM – OPENING SPEAKER
• 9:35AM – 10:30AM – FINANCING PANEL
Business Funding Opportunities 
• 10:35AM – 12:00PM – ROUND ONE PITCHES*
• 12:05PM – 1:00PM – LUNCH
Provided to Attendees Who Register by March 20, 2015
• 1:05PM – 3:00PM – ROUND TWO PITCHES*
• 3:05PM – 5:00PM – FINAL PITCH ROUND*
• 5:05PM – 5:30PM – AWARDS CEREMONY
*8 Minutes per Contestant

CONTEST PRIZES

• 1st Prize: $2,500.00
• 2nd Prize: $750.00
• 3rd Prize: $350.00

NOTE: "Winners  will receive  1/3  of the prize after the contest.  Winners must participate in post-pitch workshops and attend the 2015 BTW Economic Summit workshop to receive the remaining balance of the prize money.  Final payment will be made at the 2015 BTW Economic Summit."

CONTEST MATERIALS

Contest flyer
• Business Pitch Template

CONTEST SPONSORS

• Ceyero Consulting, Atlanta, Ga
• First Cahawba Bank of Selma, Selma, AL
• The Selma Business Center, Selma, AL
• Selma Good Company (G Mommas Cookies)
• WJAM 96.3 FM/1340AM

SPEAKERS AND PARTICIPANTS 

- keynote Speaker - Robert Armstrong, Founder, Selma Good Company, Selma, Alabama
- Judge Profiles
- Financial Panel Profiles
- Pitch Contest Committee
- Past Participant Photos

CONTEST SOCIAL MEDIA