Student entrepreneurs can win prizes to help them launch their ventures.
Don't wait to launch your first business venture! Held each fall, Bucknell's annual BizPitch Competition is your chance to launch your own enterprise from right here on campus, with help from our entrepreneurship experts.
Students who join BizPitch form their own companies, create and market a product or service and pitch it to a panel of judges. The top three companies are awarded funding to put their business plan into action.
Throughout the competition, students connect with advisers, access resources from Bucknell's entrepreneurship ecosystem and secure membership in StartupLewisburg, Bucknell's home for innovators in downtown Lewisburg.
Sept. 9: Info session, 5 p.m. Walls Lounge, Elaine Langone Center
Sept. 10: Application opens
Oct. 16: Deadline to submit video pitch via application form
Oct. 18: Announcement of BizPitch finalists
Nov. 5:Final Pitch: 5:30–7:30 p.m., Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center
Prepare Your Pitch
To compete at BizPitch, you will create a 5-minute pitch that will present a proposed, new or recently launched product or service. Finalists will be selected to present their pitch in-person to a panel of judges at a public "Shark Tank" style finale event. Each team will also field questions from the judges for 10 minutes following their pitch.
The presentation should convey your innovative and marketable concept or venture in a concise, compelling fashion. Slides, demonstrations and other presentation materials are encouraged.
The grand finale of the competition will be a public event during Global Entrepreneurship Week featuring pitch presentations from finalists.
Bucknell's SBDC provides confidential consulting at no fee to help you develop your plan, prepare and refine your pitch. As an entrepreneur, your pitch should convey the business concept, market opportunity and potential profitability to investors. Consultants at the SBDC will connect participants with special programs, services and mentors leading up to the BizPitch grand finale.
The BizPitch Competition is open to full-time students at Bucknell University.
Entries may not have won a top-three prize in previous Bucknell BizPitch Competitions or have generated over $100,000 in revenue.
Each presenter must be a Bucknell student, but teams may include members who are not Bucknell students. Each team/company must be at least 50% owned or founded by full-time Bucknell students.
Individuals may be contributing members of multiple teams but may only be a part of the pitch presentation for one entry.
Competitors will prepare a 5-minute video pitch to be evaluated by a panel of judges, with up to 10 points awarded in each of the following categories:
Problem — Does the team clearly articulate a significant need and the positive impact their solution will have?
Market — Does the team describe their target customers and the size of the market?
Innovation — Does the solution, product or technology demonstrate creativity and inventiveness?
Feasibility — Is the business model well developed and does this team have the potential to create a successful venture?
Delivery — Was the pitch inspiring, passionate and memorable?
First prize for BizPitch will be at least $2,500.
Prizes will also be awarded for 2nd place, 3rd place and a special "Fan Favorite" based on live voting during the final event!
Prizes will be issued to your company (if established) or to the individual identified as CEO if you have not yet started your company. Prizes are subject to tax withholding and any individuals receiving prizes must be Bucknell students.
By submitting the BizPitch application form you give permission to the Bucknell SBDC and Bucknell University to use your likeness, company name and company logo in promotional media. Videos and other application materials are considered confidential and will not be publicly disclosed unless you agree to their release. The final BizPitch event is open to the public and teams should not assume confidentiality of their pitch presentation. Judges, staff, other competitors and others in attendance will not be asked to sign non-disclosure agreements. Teams should carefully assess potential disclosure of intellectual property or other proprietary material.