Wide shot of crowd, judges and students pitching on stage.

2019 Pitch Contest

Our $80,000 annual student pitch contest, “BulbHead.com Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs,” will consist of three rounds of competition in spring 2019, culminating in the live final pitches on May 8, 2019. The contest is generously funded by alumnus AJ Khubani, founder of BulbHead.com.

Timing of Contest

Preliminary Round (Deadline: March 26, 2019 by 4 p.m.):

The Preliminary Round will consist of the following:

  • a. Signed pitch competition team agreement (link to agreement will be posted soon)
  • b. Video of no more than 2 minutes, zero seconds in mp4 format only. We encourage you to show all team members in the video pitching your idea/business.
  • c. One-page executive summary that must follow the format, and contain all the info, shown in our sample.

Submit 3 Required Items

Note: On April 5, the Team Lead for each team will be notified whether or not the team is moving to the semi-final round of the May 8 live pitch contest. 

Semi-final Round: May 8, 2019 (morning):

  • Live pitches to panel judges

Final Round: May 8, 2019 (afternoon):

  • Live pitches to panel judges

All materials (video, pitch decks, written documents, etc.) must be submitted by required deadlines and within the format and specifications required by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. Failure to comply, as determined solely by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, may result in team being ineligible to compete.

All submission deadlines are final. Late submissions cannot be accepted. 

Need a Teammate?

We have a Facebook post that you may comment on to find a teammate!

Please comment that you are looking for one or more teammates, or if you are looking to join a team, and whether you are a Montclair State University student or alum. Keep checking back to the Facebook post to see all the people looking for teammates. Reach out to each other via Facebook Messenger.

Note: only current Montclair State University students and alums can enter.

Contest Prizes and Payment Process

The contest features a prize pool of $80,000 to be awarded as follows:

      First prize:          $50,000

      Second prize:     $20,000

      Third prize:         $10,000

At each prize level, 20 percent of the award goes directly to the team members and the remaining 80 percent must be invested in the startup venture under the coaching of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship

Hear from the 2018 Winners

In the videos below, last year’s first-prize winner, Wheatpaste, offers advice and insight on how they succeeded in the contest.

Wheatpaste Team Profile:

Wheatpaste on What Makes a Good Idea:

Wheatpaste on Preparing for the Pitch Competition:

Wheatpaste on How They Won the Contest:

Contact Information

Questions about the contest should be addressed to: pitchcontest@montclair.edu