BizPitch Competition

Student entrepreneurs can win prizes to help them launch their ventures.

BizPitch winners with check

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.

BizPitch is directed by Bucknell’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 

First Place Medal

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BizPitch Dates & Deadlines

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 p.m.–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.

    Explore SBDC resources


    Pitch Deck Templates

    Use these templates to help you get started preparing your pitch.

    BizPitch FAQs

    Release

    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.

    Small Business Development Center

    Location

    112 Dana Engineering Building