Bucknell University's annual BizPitch Competition gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to win prizes to help them launch their ventures. BizPitch was created by and is administered by Bucknell'sSmall Business Development Center (SBDC). Competitors will connect with advisers, gain exposure in Bucknell's entrepreneurship ecosystem, and can pursue membership in StartupLewisburg, Bucknell's home and incubator for innovators and entrepreneurs in downtown Lewisburg.

Rules

The Bucknell University BizPitch (Business Pitch) Competition is open to full-time students at Bucknell. Students may compete in teams (recommended) or solo. Students may be contributing members of multiple teams, but may only be a part of the pitch presentation for one entry. Teams may include non-Bucknell student members but presenters must be Bucknell students and must play a major role in the venture (co-founder or “C” level position). Entries may not have won a top 3 prize in previous BizPitch Competitions, and firms that generated revenue prior to 2015 are ineligible.

Scoring

Pitches will be evaluated using the following criteria. Please note that a “teaser” video and social media efforts are optional, but are a great way to help your pitch — and your startup!

  • (10 points) Innovation — is this a new idea with high potential for impact?
  • (10 points) Clarity — is the presentation concise and organized?
  • (10 points) Comprehensiveness — does the presenter demonstrate knowledge of the market and how the business will operate?
  • (10 points) Feasibility — is this proposed venture realistic to implement?
  • (5 points) Video — effectiveness, originality, and production values. One minute max. A brief teaser video of what’s to come… (optional)
  • (5 points) Social media — online reach, audience engagement, inventiveness, and overall buzz generated #bizpitch16 #BucknellEntrepreneurs
  • (5 points) “Wow" factor — judge’s discretionary points to award for above and beyond efforts, energy, and passion.

Prizes

  • 1st Place: $2,000 + One year free cowork membership in StartupLewisburg Incubator
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 + One semester free cowork membership
  • 3rd Place: $500 + One semester free cowork membership
  • Special prizes and recognition will also be awarded for Social Media Star and Fan Favorite

Prizes will be issued to the firm if established, or to the individual identified as CEO if firm is pre-venture.

Individuals receiving prizes must be Bucknell students. Prizes are subject to tax withholding.

The Application

Please be prepared to provide the information below. Once your entry is submitted, you will be able to login and edit it until the deadline.

  • One sentence overview or tagline
  • Executive Summary (1000 characters)
  • How will your company or product make money? (1000 characters)
  • What is your vision for the company? (500 characters)
  • Social media links (optional)
  • A link to a one minute “teaser” video (optional). By sharing a video, you give permission to Bucknell SBDC and Bucknell University to use this video and/or your likeness in promotional media for the BizPitch competition and student entrepreneurship

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