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riata center for entrepreneurship

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Overview & Judging

Like our annual business plan competition, the Pitch and Poster Competition is designed to spur our students’ entrepreneurial spirit. Entries will be judged by a panel of independent professionals involved in entrepreneurship. Judges may be successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors or professional service providers working with the venture community:

Poster Component Guidelines

  • All participants will be provided with a table to present their posters on.
  • Props may be used as needed for visual aid.
  • Participants will be given the chance to “pitch” their posters to judges, who will decide the finalists.
  • Judges will walk freely around the room and look at each poster.
  • The finalists will then move on to a 90-second final pitch round.
  • Contestants should dress appropriately.

Poster information should include:

  • Business or product idea, summary of the proposed business plan (the problem, your solution, your “Ask” or what it’s going to take for you to make this into a reality), and student and company name.
  • All posters can be up to 36” by 48,” Portrait or Landscape. Any submissions that exceed the maximum size will not be considered.
  • Must be visually attractive (legible, self-explanatory, etc.).

Pitch Component Guidelines

  • Finalists from the Poster component of the competition will be selected by a panel of judges and will proceed to the Pitch competition finals.
  • Each finalist team will be given 90 seconds to pitch their business idea, without any visual aid (i.e. poster); only props and product prototypes will be allowed during the final pitch.


  • In order to enter, the team leader must be a full-time or part-time student, undergraduate, or graduate level, who is currently enrolled in a degree program, and who is registered at one of the OSU campuses for the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 semesters.
  • Only one submission of a new business venture per team is permitted, and each submission should consist of a pitch component and a poster component.
  • Individuals may be a member of only one team. Teams may be as small as one student, and there is no maximum size; bear in mind that there are practical limits to the size of any working group.
  • Ideas submitted as part of a teams’ new business venture, must represent the original work of the team members. Team members will sign a certification to this effect, as part of the initial entry. If a student is competing with an OSU-owned technology, all applications must be approved in advanced by OSU’s Technology Development Center and all appropriate parties.
  • Teams may not compete if the new venture has already received funding from any outside sources (i.e. angel investors, venture capital, money from other competitions, etc.) more than a total of $50,000 by the start of the spring academic semester 2015. Investors and dates of funding must be disclosed in the initial entry. This competition is intended only for student teams that have not received any outside investment.
  • Ideas submitted will be protected in the spirit of non-disclosure, and all entry materials will be treated as company confidential. The only people with access to the entry materials will be judges and select members of the organizing committee. Materials will not be distributed to any other party unless requested by an entrant team. No other provisions are made to protect intellectual property.
  • Entrants must adhere to all submission deadlines and guidelines. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • The university reserves the right to disqualify, in its sole and absolute discretion, any team from the competition at any time for any reason. Reasons for disqualification may include but are not limited to, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty, misappropriation or infringement of the intellectual property of others, and/or any failure to comply with these rules and regulations. Disqualified teams shall forfeit any and all prizes awarded to them.
  • Prize money will be awarded to the team and not the business entity. It is not mandatory for the award money to seed the start-up of the winning idea. Prize money will be award to students via Bursar as a scholarship.
  • Past 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize winners of the competition cannot compete with the same business idea or concept.

Contact Us

For assistance please email or call 405-744-7552.

Riata Center for Entrepreneurship
101 Business Building
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078