Lam Family College of Business Pitch Contest

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If you are a Lam Family College of Business (LFCoB) undergraduate or graduate student with an innovative business idea or a startup, you are invited to compete in the inaugural LFCoB Pitch Contest.

The top three pitches will win cash prizes!

We welcome any stage of entrepreneurial ideas — the ideation phase or ready for angels and seed! This will be a great opportunity for LFCoB students to get feedback on their innovative business ideas from industry experts and business faculty. Students can apply for the Innovation Pitch Competition with the same idea.

Important Dates

Applications Open: March 10, 2022
Applications Close: April 1, 2022, 5 p.m.
Acceptance Notification: On or before April 5, 2022, 5 p.m.
Pitch Contest Day: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2 - 4 p.m.

Event Location

Join us online to watch selected students pitch their ideas at the LFCoB Pitch Contest on April 8th from 2-4 p.m. at the event Zoom link: https://sfsu.zoom.us/j/85141492247?pwd=M1RUdU9pRllTeE03d1NQZWlxVURQdz09

 

How It Works

To enter the contest:

  1. Submit an application and pitch deck here. Applications close on Monday, April 1st at 5 p.m.
  2. All applications will be reviewed, and finalists will be notified via text and email on April 5th, before 5 p.m.
  3. Selected applicants will be invited to present live, in front of a panel of judges on April 8th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  4. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of the inaugural LFCoB Pitch Contest on April 8th.

Click here for full terms and conditions for your application.

Application & Evaluation Criteria

  • The founder or co-founder must be a student currently enrolled at least part time at the Lam Family College of Business.
  • This pitch contest is open to business and entrepreneurial ideas and startups from all industries and at any stage in the startup cycle.

The preliminary round of judging will focus on finding a compelling and convincing innovation or entrepreneurial story, based on what is presented in a 10-15 slide pitch deck (PDF and PowerPoint files only, please). In the past, the most successful entries have demonstrated the following:

  • A clear value proposition for a clearly defined target market. Who is the prototypical consumer of your innovation, and why would they pay for your solution? What problem of theirs does your innovation solve? What need(s) does your innovation fulfill?
  • A clear explanation of how you are able to solve the consumer’s problem. How or why does your solution work? What enables your solution to fulfill customer needs better than anything/anyone else out there?
  • Traction in the marketplace. Is there demonstrated product-market fit? Do you have evidence that your idea or prototype is desirable to, adopted by, or sought after by a market?
  • A well-articulated revenue model. How does this innovation generate revenue? What recurring revenues streams are created? Who’s paying, and how are they paying for your offering?
  • A founding team that is set up for success. Does the founding team have the right technical expertise to execute on the innovation? Is this something that the founders will continue to pursue after graduation?

Applications Open:  March 10, 2022
Applications Close:  April 1, 2022, 5 p.m.
Acceptance Notification:  On or before April 5, 2022, 5 p.m.
Pitch Contest Day:  Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2 - 4 p.m.