Innovation Pitch Competition – Online Event

Entrepreneurship Symposium Pitch Competition April 25

If you are a SF State undergraduate or graduate student with an innovative business idea or a startup, you are invited to compete in the Fifth Annual Innovation Pitch Competition. This year, the top three pitches will share in $10,000 dollars in cash prizes!

Whether your entrepreneurial idea is still in the ideation phase or ready for angels and seed, this is a great opportunity to get feedback from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and business faculty. Put your idea to ‘paper’ and see if it’s got wings to take off! (A little prize money doesn’t hurt either!)

☆  $10,000 Pitch Prize Awards  ☆

First Place Second Place Third Place
$6000 $3000 $1000
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  • Application Close: Monday, April 25, 2022
  • Acceptance Notification: On or before April 29, 2022
  • Innovation Pitch Competition Day: May 6, 2022


How It Works

The founder or co-founder must be a currently enrolled SF State student. This pitch competition is open to business and entrepreneurial ideas and startups from all industries and at any stage in the startup cycle.

Submit an application and pitch deck.

Entries close on Monday, April 25th at 5 p.m.


The preliminary round of judging will focus on finding a compelling and convincing innovation or entrepreneurial story, based on what is presented on a 10-15 side pitch deck (PDF and PPT 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?

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