Teams of aspiring entrepreneurs will be given 60 seconds to pitch their business ideas without the use of slides or prototypes to an audience and panel of judges.
Participants will be eligible to win a first place prize of $1,000, second place prize of $750, or third place prize of $500. In addition to the three placement prizes, participants are also eligible to win a $250 award based on audience votes.
Come watch, cheer-on the teams, vote, and network! We will be in the Reading Room, near the UPub.
The UMass MinutePitch is a new event hosted by the UMass Innovation Challenge each fall and spring. It is specifically designed to provide a first step for students thinking about a novel business idea, and who are looking for feedback, teammates and mentors. Participation in the UMass MinutePitch is not required in order to compete in other Innovation Challenge contests. That said the experience will be invaluable if you choose to fine-tune your idea and enter the Executive Summary and Elevator Pitch Competition in Fall 2013.
The UMass Innovation Challenge campus partners are the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Sciences, the Isenberg School of Management and the UMass Innovation Institute. Financial support from Eugene M and Ronnie Isenberg; Wolf Greenfield; Saint-Gobain; Cantor Colburn LLP; CISCO; Steven Luby '84, '86MS; Raytheon; an anonymous faculty donor; Saul Ewing; William Firestone '78; Stephen Dunne ‘89; Provenance Venture Partners; Michael Tunstall ’82, and Karen Lauter Utgoff Consulting is gratefully acknowledged.