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Have a cool idea?

All businesses start with an idea.
Before committing to writing a business plan, a pitch and poster competition is the perfect way to get feedback on your new business idea or product. Student contestants create posters and quick pitches to present to judges who award  scholarship money to the overall competition winner and to the top three finishers in  each track. A people’s choice honoree is also selected to recognize an audience favorite.
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Competition Schedule

October 1, 2021: Intent to Compete Deadline

  • Tell us who you are, what you do, and what track you would like to compete in. (one track per team!)
  • October 15, 2021: Poster Submission Deadline

  • All participants must submit a poster to the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at (late submissions will not be accepted)
  • October 22, 2021: Riata Pitch and Poster Competition Live Event

  • Participants present their poster and 90-second elevator pitch to a group of judges followed directly by a 90-seconds Q&A session.
  • Competition tracks

    Social Enterprise

    Develop, fund, and implement solutions to social, cultural or environmental issues.

    Big City/High Tech

    Change the world by developing new products in a STEM field or launch novel ideas via apps or web-based software.

    Main Street Lifestyles

    Selling physical products, food or retail in an innovative way.

    Rising Entrepreneur

    Previous competition winners go head-to-head as they prepare and pitch their best presentation to date!

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