Pitch IT 2017 is the fourth edition of LITE’s business idea competition. The competition is open to all teams with at least one Mason student. The primary presenter MUST be a Mason student. Participants will compete for grants totaling $2,000. Students will present their business ideas to a panel of judges including faculty, entrepreneurs, and other business experts. Participants will have the opportunity to get funding, receive valuable feedback, and enhance their ability to present and market their ideas to early stage investors (i.e., angel investors, family and friends).
The fourth Pitch IT competition will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Research Hall 163, on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. Please read carefully the Preparing your Pitch and Admission Requirements sections of this page to find out how to participate to the competition.
Registration is required to participate. Please complete a return the registration form no later than 11:59 pm EDT on April 9, 2017. Early submissions are highly encouraged.
Students will compete for grants totaling $2,000. A panel of judges composed by faculty, entrepreneurs, and other business experts will assign the first three prizes. Additionally, an audience award will be assigned based on votes by people in the audience (see the FAQ section below for details about how the audience will assign the award).
The key to a successful pitch is to show all your passion for your idea and your determination in pursuing it. Practicing your presentation several times will enhance your chances of success. The pitch should be a five-minute presentation providing a brief overview of your business idea and highlighting why it could be a successful idea.
Points that should be addressed in the presentation are:
All students interested in participating to the Pitch IT Competition are highly encouraged to attend Pitch IT Advising Sessions to discuss their business idea in advance with the LITE team. The goal of the Advising Sessions is to help students develop their pitch by ensuring the feasibility of their business idea and maximize their chance of successfully competing and implementing their idea. During Pitch IT Advising sessions, students will meet with members of the LITE team to discuss their business idea, ask questions, practice presenting their idea, receive feedback, and show progress. Students are highly encouraged to attend at least two Pitch IT Advising Sessions. During the first session, students will discuss their business idea with the LITE team and receive feedback on its feasibility and how to implement it. During the second session, student will show the progress made on their initial idea, present their Pitch, and receive additional feedback from the team.
Pitch IT Advising sessions are open to all Mason students and can be scheduled by contacting the LITE team at: . Each session will last approximately 15 minutes. Students must preregister for an advising session.
Pitch IT Pre-screening Sessions (Required)
After completing the registration process, students must participate in a pre-screening session. During this session, students must pitch their idea with a 5-minute presentation. In order to be admitted to the competition, the idea must be related to Information Technology, the presentation needs to address the points mentioned above (see Preparing your Pitch) and at least one member of the team needs to be a current Mason student.
Admitted students/teams will be notified via email, and will be assigned a presentation slot in the competition. While we will provide comments on how to improve your presentation during the pre-screening session, this will not be the main focus of the pre-screening. Student should use the advising sessions for developing and refining their presentations. The pre-screening session will be held in mid-March 2015, and the exact date will be announced on this page and through the weekly newsletter.
Teams formed by 2 or more persons are highly encouraged. Individual teams (formed by only one person) will still be considered. However, to ensure the feasibility of your business idea, you will need to show that you have available all the experience and skills needed to successfully implement your business idea.
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