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2017 Cheyney University Pitch Competition


The mission of the CU Pitch Competition is to help college students develop their oral communication and public speaking skills to express an idea in a clear, concise, and compelling manner by stating why the topic is important, how they are using a distinctive approach to address it, and what the impact will be if they are successful.

Competition Guidelines

  • Elevator pitch competition is open to Cheyney and HBCU Hospitality Management Consortium students who attend the Cheyney University (CU) Entrepreneurship EXPO & Pitch Competition on Thursday, April 6, 2017. 
  • Students submit a business idea summary and a YouTube video of their pitch by Friday, March 31st which is evaluated by a committee of judges.
  • Top finalists will be invited to present their Elevator Pitch at the CU Entrepreneurship EXPO & Pitch Competition on Thursday, April 6th.

Contest Rules

Pitches must be no longer than 3 minutes.  There is a strict time limit and participants will be stopped at the 3-minute mark.

Judging Criteria

  • Pitch an innovative business idea with one slide
  • The pitch will address the following:
    • Problem or opportunity
    • Solution or proposal
    • Expected outcome (i.e. impact or money)
  • Contestants will be judged on the following:
    • Convincing statement of the problem
    • Exhibited expertise
    • Broader impact of technology
    • Visual design of the slide
    • Effective use of time
    • Poise/style

Prizes will be awarded.