Madison College Pitch

The Pitch is a business planning competition for area high school students. Students create and submit a video to explain their business idea, which can earn them a chance to “pitch” at the event before a panel of judges for cash and prizes.

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

Students, teachers or mentors can send email to MadisonCollegePitch@madisoncollege.edu or like our Facebook page for more information. 

We will host our third annual pitch event on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Madison College Pitch Competition - 2020 Promo


Student Registration

All students must register for the event. Registration is open so complete today!

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Round 1: Video

Video Submission deadline April 6

The Pitch Rubric – Round 1 is worth 90 points and broken down by the following:

  • Introduction: Introduce self, including name, high school and current grade level. (10 points)
  • Problem: Clearly identify the problems that needs to be solved. (10 points)
  • Solution: Identifies customer’s pain points and how to solve those problem. (10 points)
  • Marketing and Sales: Clearly identifies target market and go-to-market strategy (distribution channels). (10 points)
  • Financial Projections: Describe the financial forecast for this business venture using bottoms-up approach. (10 points)
  • Closing: Describe the next steps to move forward with specific goals and milestones. (10 points)
  • Length: 120 seconds-about 15 sentences. (10 points)
  • Grammar: Use full sentences, proper language and tense. (10 points)

Up to twelve video finalists will be selected by a panel of judges.

Students should record and edit videos in a professional manner. Below are the video requirements:

Video should be recorded:

  • In a quiet location.
  • With good lighting.
  • Using a tripod.
  • Recorded in landscape mode.
  • Speak clearly.
  • Edited version should be 120 seconds in length.

Videos should be edited in:

  • H.264 (MP4) format.
  • 1080 resolution.
  • Names in the following format: students last name, first name, business name, 2019.

Directions to upload video to YouTube:

  1. Navigate to the YouTube website and sign in to your account.
  2. Click "Upload" at the top of the screen.
  3. Click "Select Files from Your Computer" and select the video to upload. The video begins uploading automatically and the Video Options screen appears.
  4. Click "Unlisted" and your choice will be applied to the video as it uploads.
  5. Copy the YouTube video link (on the left side of the screen). Click on the video submission form, fill out your information and paste the link at the bottom.

 

Round 2: Pitch

Pitch Event on May 8

  • Finalists from the video pitch will be invited via email to make a live pitch before judges and student audience at Madison College.
  • Each finalist will have five minutes to pitch his or her idea with up to two minutes for Q&A. Visual aids, props or handouts can be used; technology and support will be provided.
  • Finalists will be scored on originality, creativity and viability (both technical and business) of the ideas, as well as their ability to answer judges’ questions.
  • If students have any problems with transportation please contact MadisonCollegePitch@madisoncollege.edu for assistance.

The Pitch Rubric – Round 2 is worth 90 points and broken down by the following:

  • Introduction: Introduce self, including name, high school and current grade level. (10 points)
  • Problem: Clearly identify the problems that needs to be solved. (10 points)
  • Solution: Identifies customer’s pain points and how to solve those problem. (10 points)
  • Marketing and Sales: Clearly identifies target market and go-to-market strategy (distribution channels). (10 points)
  • Financial Projections: Describe the financial forecast for this business venture using bottoms-up approach. (10 points)
  • Closing: Describe the next steps to move forward with specific goals and milestones. (10 points)
  • Length: 5 minutes-must not go over - judges will time and stop presenter. (10 points)
  • Grammar: Use full sentences, proper language and tense. (10 points)
  • Communication: Ability to clearly and effectively answer judges’ questions. (10 points)

If you plan to join us for lunch, as a contestant or guest, please complete lunch registration form below. 

Lunch Registration

 

Teachers/Toolkit

New this year!

Implement the Madison College Pitch as a class project and receive a $50 gift card for your class to celebrate with treats of your choice. Here are the steps to receive your gift card:

  1. Register your class here
  2. Optional:  have a Madison College representative come and speak about the pitch
  3. Have your students upload their video submission (remind them to include your name and the class)
  4. Receive your gift card and celebrate as a class -pizza, donuts, bagels - your choice!
  5. Await notification if students made the top 12
  6. Come to the live Pitch on Friday, May 8! (optional)

 

Resources are available for high school teachers to assist students in preparing their Pitches. Click on the Pitch Resource Toolkit to select from a variety of resources.

Madison College Pitch cash prize:

  • 1st place = $500
  • 2nd place = $200
  • 3rd place = $100

Winners will be announced at the live pitch contest and must be present to receive prizes. 

Please send an email to MadisonCollegePitch@madisoncollege.edu if you have any questions.