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Students Can Win $10,000 Pitch Prize

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The 2016 student winners, with the contest judges
The 2016 student winners, with the contest judges.

Want a shot at winning a slice of a $10,000 prize? If you are a Montclair State student with a great entrepreneurial idea, you can enter the university’s annual student pitch contest, which has a $10,000 prize. The contest’s official name is Bright Ideas Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs.

Here’s the scoop:

ELIGIBILITY: Open to any currently enrolled Montclair State student, undergrad or grad. Individual students can’t pitch; they must be part of a student team (minimum of two Montclair State students on a team). Everyone on the team must be a Montclair State student. Student teams can receive outside help (ie, they may bring onboard a non-MSU student to be a web developer or advisor) but only Montclair State students can pitch for the prize. Montclair State students who pitched in this contest in the past are eligible, and can even keep the same team intact; however, they need to pitch a completely new idea.

PROCESS/DEADLINES: Students not in ENTR 301/302 will need to submit a 2-minute video pitching their entrepreneurial idea, and a one-page executive summary. The one-page executive summary must follow the format, and contain all the info, shown in the sample at this link:
Anyone who does not follow the rules will be automatically eliminated (examples of why a team might be eliminated: video longer than 2 minutes, exec summary longer than one page, required info missing from executive summary, etc. Note that these are examples, not a full list.). Video and exec summary are due by 5 p.m. March 15 to Students must use their Montclair State email address when applying.  By April 1, students will be notified if they move on to the prelim round of the May 3 pitch contest.
PITCH DAY, MAY 3: Prelim round during the day. Some teams will move on to the finals, held that evening.
PRIZE: $10,000!!! Divided among team members. Can be spent on anything–don’t have to reinvest in the business. The contest is made possible by the generous support of alumnus AJ Khubani and TeleBrands, where he is CEO and founder.
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