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Madison College Pitch

Madison College Pitch is a business planning competition for area high school students. Students are asked to submit a video for a chance to “pitch” their business idea to a panel of judges for cash prizes. By participating in the Pitch you will learn how to think in creative and innovative ways, effective communication and problem solving skills.

Madison College Pitch awards

  • 1st place = $300
  • 2nd place = $200
  • 3rd place = $100

If the winner is a group, each member will receive an equal portion of the prize. Example: three people, $300 prize = each person gets $100. Winners will be announced at the live pitch contest and must be present to receive prizes. 

Students, teachers or mentors can send email to MadisonCollegePitch@MadisonCollege.edu for more information.

How to enter the Madison College Pitch

  • Round 1: Deadline March 2, 2018

    60-90 Second Pitch Video

    Madison College Pitch Rubric: Round 1 is worth up to 80 points and your video should include 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 including revenues earned, expenses and profit. (10 points)
    • Closing: Describe the next steps to move forward with specific goals and milestones. (10 points)
    • Length: 60-90 seconds-about 10-15 sentences. (10 points)
    • Grammar: Use full sentences, proper language and tense. (10 points)

    Twelve finalists will be selected from all video contests 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 60-90 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, 2018
       

    Students should use WeTransfer to submit their Round 1 Pitch Videos. Follow these steps:

    • Go to wetransfer.com and click “take me to free.”
    • Then click “I agree.”
    • Click on the +symbol to add video, enter student email address, send to MadisonCollegePitch@MadisonCollege.edu, attach video and in the comment box write student first and last name then click transfer.
    • WeTransfer will send an email letting that file has been sent and when it has been downloaded.
    • If student does not receive confirmation email within seven days of sending they should send email to Madison College Pitch.
    • After video has been received, student will receive a consent form which will need to be filled out, signed by both student and parent and returned to Madison College Pitch for video to be entered into the competition.
  • Round 2: Pitch on May 4, 2018
    • 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 90-120 seconds to pitch his or her idea with up to five 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.


    90-120 Second Pitch 

    Madison College Pitch Rubric: Round 2 is worth up to 90 points and should include 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 including revenues earned, expenses and profit. (10 points)
    • Closing: Describe the next steps to move forward with specific goals and milestones. (10 points)
    • Length: 60-90 seconds-about 10-15 sentences. (10 points)
    • Grammar: Use full sentences, proper language and tense. (10 points)
    • Communication: Ability to clearly and effectively answer judges’ questions. (10 points)