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Important Dates

September 16th- Registration Begins
October 14th- 4:00p.m. Starbucks Information Session
October 21st- Registration Closes
November 4th & 6th- Preliminary Judging
November 8th- Final Event Notifications
November 20th, 6:30 p.m.- Final Event at Suites on Main North Movie Theater



WIN $1500!

Contest Overview:

The Clarion University BizPitch competition is an exciting, educational experience and is intended to challenge students’ creativity and business skills. It is designed to build on their spirit of entrepreneurship by giving students a platform to present and develop their innovative ideas.

Register online for the 2018 BizPitch CompetitionWho Is Eligible?

The Clarion University BizPitch competition is open to part-time and full-time students enrolled in the Fall semester at Clarion University. Entries may not have won a top 3 prize in previous Clarion University BizPitch Competitions. Students may enter solo or in teams of no more than four. Students may be contributing members of multiple teams, but may only be a part of the pitch presentation for one entry.

What Is The Objective?

  1. Create an opportunity for students to present their business venture in an environment that promotes new venture creation and the spirit of entrepreneurship.
  2. Give students an opportunity to showcase their talent and passion for entrepreneurship
  3. Award students cash prizes.
  • Prizes set at: $1,500, $1,000, $500, and a fan favorite prize of $250 

What Goes Into a Pitch?

Students will develop and deliver an effective, professional business pitch presenting an innovative and marketable business concept that is both technically and economically feasible and profitable. The business pitch will be a 5-7 minute creative, compelling, and concise summary of a proposed, new, or recently launched product or service. Slides, demonstrations, and other presentation materials are encouraged. Qualifying entries will present in private to a panel of judges during the preliminary round. The grand finale of the competition will be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week and feature pitch presentations from five finalists. The final event will be open to the public and held at Clarion University.

bizPitch Students working on their presentationHow Do I Apply?

Students may apply to compete by registering online Starting August 1st. Registration ends October 21st.

What Do I Need to Have Prepared?

Business pitches and business plans are integral to preparing to launch your business. Entrepreneurs use business plans as a road map to success and pitches to convey the business concept, market opportunity, and potential profitability to investors and other sources of capital. The Clarion University Small Business Development Center provides free consulting and education to help you develop your plan and prepare your pitch.

Contact Us

Clarion University Small Business Development Center

330 North Point Drive

Barnes Center, Suite 100

Clarion, PA 16214

(814) 393-2060


 Successful plans cover the:

-Business idea and model


-What need does it address?

-What differentiates the product/service?

        - Market opportunities

-Size and scope of the market

         -Management and operations

         -Implementation plans and assumptions

         -Financial requirements and projections

-How much do you need?

-What are your revenue projection?

-How will it make money?



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