Tuskegee University and Concordia College
Business Pitch Contest 

CONTEST BACKGROUND

Born out of the Booker T. Washington Economic Summit held at Tuskegee University each year, the Tuskegee University & Concordia College 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 Saturday, April 3, 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


CONTEST KEY DATES

Entrants must sign up to enter the Pitch Contest no later than March 25, 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 27, 2015 to mpeter1896@ceyero.com.

AGENDA

• 9:30AM – 10:30AM – OPENING SPEAKER
• 10:35AM – 12:00PM – FINANCING PANEL
-Business Funding Opportunities
• 12:05PM – 1:00PM – LUNCH
-Provided to Attendees Who Registered by March 25, 2015
• 1:05PM – 3:00PM – PITCH CONTEST
-8 Minutes Per Contestant
• 3:05PM – 3:30PM – AWARDS CEREMONY 

CONTEST PRIZES

• 1st Prize: $2,500.00

• 2nd Prize: $750.00

• 3rd Prize: $500.00

CONTEST MATERIALS

Contest flyer
• Business Pitch Template
 Judges Biographies

CONTEST SPONSORS

• First Cahawba Bank of Selma, Selma, AL
• Ceyero Consulting
• Johnson Paint & Body, Selma, AL
• The Coffee Shoppe, Selma, AL
• The Selma Business Center, Selma, AL