Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge (2021-22)
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Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge is a pitch contest for students in Northeast Ohio in grades K-12. It is a simple set of activities that help kids learn creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Pitch Challenge teaches essential workforce readiness skills and helps kids develop a mindset for 21st century careers whether or not they become an entrepreneur. Kids compete in one of three age groups: K-4, 5-8, or 9-12 grade.

ENTERING IS SIMPLE!

  • Think of a business idea. It can be a product, service, social enterprise, or technology business.
  • Create a video of yourself pitching the business idea. Enter as an individual. No team entries in this contest.
  • Keep the camera focused on you for most of the video. We want to see and hear you pitching your idea. We don’t want to see a commercial.
  • Keep your video short, 30-90 seconds is the time frame.
  • Entries will be judged on the CREATIVITY of the idea, business name, and video; the PERSUASIVENESS of the elevator pitch; and the OVERALL QUALITY of the idea, pitch and video.
  • Complete the entry form and upload your video by February 25, 2022.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Practice is key. We do not want to see you reading from a sheet of paper.
  • Be enthusiastic! Viewers will be more interested in your idea if you are excited about it.
  • If filming on your cell phone, hold your phone horizontally – vertical videos do not look professional.

JUDGING RUBRIC

Click here for the judging rubric

TIMELINE

  • October 4, 2021 – February 25, 2022: Entries Accepted
  • March 11, 2022: Finalists Announced
  • April 1, 2022 – April 8, 2022: Public Voting
  • April 20, 2022: Winners Announced

PRIZES

FIFTEEN (15) FINALISTS FROM EACH AGE GROUP RECEIVE

$40 Amazon gift card

FIVE (5) WINNERS FROM EACH AGE GROUP RECEIVE

  • $40 Amazon gift card
  • $20 Mitchell's Ice Cream gift card
  • Choice of (1) Draft Pick Drawing prize (below)
  • Entrepreneurial board game
  • Personalized Trophy... and more!

THREE (3) DRAFT PICK DRAWING WINNERS (ONE IN EACH AGE GROUP) WILL RECEIVE CHOICE OF:

  • Airpods with wireless charging case
  • Two (2) tickets to Cedar Point (date tbd based on availability)
  • Gift card pack - $20 gift card to five (5) different retailers