The Pitch is a business planning competition for area high school students.

High School students create and submit a video to explain their business idea, which could earn them a chance to “pitch” at the event before a panel of judges for a cash prize.

By participating in The Pitch, students learn effective communication and problem-solving skills, and how to think in creative and innovative ways.

Enter the Pitch Business Planning Competition

Video submission deadline: Monday, April 1, 2024

The Pitch: In-person at Madison College Truax campus on Friday, May 3, 2024


Round 1: Submit Your Video

Round 1 Guidelines

  • Creativity of business or product idea will be highly considered in Round 1. 
  • Introduction: Introduce self, including name, high school and current grade level. 
  • Additional Information to Include:
    • Problem: Clearly identify the problem(s) that need to be solved.
    • Solution: Identify customer’s pain points and how to solve those problems. 
    • Marketing and Sales: Clearly identify target market and go-to-market strategy (distribution channels). 
    • Financial Projections: Describe the financial forecast for this business venture using the bottom-up approach. 
    • Closing: Describe the next steps to move forward with specific goals and milestones.
  • Grammar: Use full sentences, proper language and tense.
  • Length of Video: 2.5 - 3 minutes

The top video finalists will be selected by a panel of judges to move on to the final round.

Video Requirements
  • Shoot in a quiet location
  • Use good lighting
  • Use a tripod
  • Record in landscape mode
  • Speak clearly
  • 2.5 - 3 minutes in length
  • Upload to YouTube

Submit Your Video

Final Round: The Pitch

  • The students selected to move forward from round one will pitch their idea to a panel of judges. 
  • Winners will be announced at the live pitch contest and must be present to receive prizes. 
High School Teachers
Make the Pitch a class project and receive a $50 gift card for your class

Register Your Class

  1. Complete this form.
  2. Have your students submit their video.
  3. Receive your gift card and celebrate as a class - pizza, donuts, bagels, your choice! 
  4. Wait to hear if your students are selected as a finalist. 
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Would you like a Madison College Coach to assist your student(s) in preparing for their Pitch?

By completing the online registration, you give Madison College staff permission to email or call you.

Would you like a copy of the Pitch Tool Kit to assist your student(s) in preparing for their Pitch?

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