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FALL 2021 PITCH COMPETITION

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EntreEd is hosting The ESTEAM Pitch Competition as part of the ARC-funded ESTEAM project. The ESTEAM project helps middle- and high-schools across the region infuse entrepreneurship education into core academic areas, with a focus on STEAM classrooms.

 

The ESTEAM Pitch Competition highlights student innovation and invention from across our seven-state region to help fund their ideas and kickstart entrepreneurial thinking in communities across Appalachia.

Eligible teams include middle- and high-school students ages 14+ within the ESTEAM grant project region (If you are 13 and in middle school, you will need a teacher to register your business) To compete, individual students or a team of students must have a teacher identified.

 

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists, regardless of team or individual submission. Teachers for the top three teams will earn $1,000 for their classroom.

 

KEY DATES

 

Business Sign-Ups are currently open!

 

October 20th by 11:59pm EST

Deadline for Round 1 Submission

 

December 15th from 10am-1pm EST

Round 2 Live Pitch via Zoom

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PRIZE DETAILS

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists, regardless of team or individual submissions.  Cash prizes to teams will be split between all participating team members listed on the VentureDash roster at the time of the competition. Teachers for the top three teams will earn $1,000 for their classroom.

1ST PLACE

$1,250 - Team

$625 - Individual

College Students

2ND PLACE

$1,000 - Team

$500 - Individual

Student Presentation

3RD PLACE

$750 - Team

$375- Individual

COMPETITION DETAILS

The competition will have two rounds. Round 1 includes an elevator pitch, submitted via the VentureDash platform. Upon internal review, up to 15 teams will be invited to compete in Round 2, a live pitch via Zoom to a panel of judges.

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ROUND 1:

  • Students will submit an elevator pitch that must not exceed two minutes in length via the VentureDash platform by Oct 20, 11:59 p.m. EST. 

  • 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.

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ROUND 2:

  • Up to the Top 15 teams will complete the ESTEAM Business Canvas. Then they will pitch live via Zoom to a panel of judges. Pitches will be 5-minutes with a 3-minute Q&A period. Winners will be announced.

TEACHER INCENTIVES

Students aren't the only winners! The teacher working with each of the winners will take home $1,000 for their classroom.

Additional incentives for all participating teachers will be announced throughout the competition timeline.

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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