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REGIONAL PITCHES

EntreEd is partnering with the ESTEAM Project's local partners to host a series of pitch contests across the region. Eligible teams include middle- and high-school students within each local partner's service region (see individual competition links for details). Both teams and individuals may participate, with different prize allocations. A teacher must be identified for each submission.

PRIZE DETAILS

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists, regardless of team or individual submissions. A total of three cash awards will be announced each competition. Winning teams and their teacher will be notified of their win via email after the Round 2 live pitch. Cash prizes to teams will be split between all participating team members listed on the VentureDash roster at the time of the competition.

1ST PLACE

$1,000 - Team

$500 - Individual

College Students

2ND PLACE

$750 - Team

$375 - Individual

Student Presentation

3RD PLACE

$500 - Team

$250 - Individual

COMPETITION DETAILS

Each competition will have two rounds. Round 1 includes a Business Model Canvas submission and a 90-second elevator pitch, submitted via the VentureDash platform. Upon internal review, 10 teams will be invited to compete in Round 2, a live pitch via Zoom to a panel of local judges.

Students Sitting on Staircase

ROUND 1:

  • Complete a Business Model Canvas for your idea using the Co.Starters Canvas. 

  • Submit a 90-second Elevator Pitch via a YouTube or Vimeo link.

  • Complete a Business Model Canvas for your idea using the Co.Starters Canvas. 

  • Submit a 90-second Elevator Pitch via a YouTube or Vimeo link.

On a Video Call
  • Only the Top 10 teams from Round 1 will compete in Round 2.

  • Teams will pitch live via Zoom. to a panel of local judges, with a 5-minute pitch and 3-minute Q&A.

ROUND 2:

TEACHER INCENTIVES

Students aren't the only winners! The teacher working with each of the winners will take home $500 for their classroom.

Door prizes and additional incentives for all participating teachers will be announced throughout the competition timeline.

Teacher Assisting a Student

UPCOMING EVENTS

To compete, find your local partner's host competition and register. Interested in competing but your local partner is not listed? Send us a message to confirm your eligibility. 

  • Roane State Competition
    Mar 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Online Event
    The competition is open to middle- and high-school student teams in Roane State Community College's ESTEAM service region: Anderson, Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, and Scott Counties in Tennessee.
  • Big Sandy CTC Competition
    Mar 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Online Event
    The competition is open to middle- and high-school students in the Big Sandy Community and Technical College ESTEAM service region: Floyd, Magoffin, Martin, Johnson, and Pike Counties in Kentucky.
  • Pierpont CTC Competition
    Mar 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Online Event
    The competition is open to middle- and high-school student teams in the Pierpont Community & Technical College ESTEAM service region: Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer, and Webster Counties in West Virginia.
  • Southeast KY CTC Competition
    Mar 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Online Event
    The competition is open to middle- and high-school student teams in the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College ESTEAM service region: Bell, Harlan, Knox, and Letcher Counties in Kentucky and Claiborne County, TN.
  • Hazard CTC Competition
    Mar 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Online Event
    The competition is open to middle- and high-school student teams in the Hazard Community & Technical College ESTEAM service region: Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe Counties in Kentucky.
  • WRESA Competition
    Mar 31, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Online Event
    The competition is open to middle- and high-school students in the Western Region Education Service Alliance service region through EntreEd's ESTEAM Project: Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Madison, and Swain Counties in North Carolina.

RESOURCES

Check out the helpful resources below developed by the ESTEAM Project Team to assist you and your students in your pitch submission! 

PORTAL TUTORIAL

A step-by-step guide to registering your team in the VentureDash platform

PREP SUPPORTS

Informational videos, articles, and examples for each of the required submissions in R1 & R2

LEARN2LAUNCH

A 10-lesson online course ready for use in the classroom and fully preparing students to pitch

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