Andrews University Pitch Competition

 

Congratulations to All the Winners of the 2022 Andrews University Pitch Competition

 

Final Results:

Non-Profit Category

  • First Place: Yara Project, Nilah Mataafa, Nara Mataafa, Kalyapi Humpal
  • Second Place: Challenge Accepted, Faith Kaluba, Lisa Kamikazi

For-Profit Category

  • First Place: 7th Day Films, Tyler Kern
  • Second Place: Timepiece, Joshua Dulcich, Eric Inae, Matthew Dulcich
  • Third Place: MEVA, Orlando Joseph Totobesola
  • Fourth Place: MikeSpace Studion, Michael Davis

Previous Info Sessions:

March 8, Buller Hall 108—11:30 a.m.

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March 15, Chan Shun Hall, Whirlpool Room—11:30 a.m.

 

"How to Pitch" Workshop:

March 29, Buller Hall 108—11:30 a.m.

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PART 1
PART 2

Competition Format

Application Process

  • Application form is AVAILABLE NOW—CLICK HERE.
  • You must include a pitch deck with details of your business idea with the application form. You must use the Template Pitch Deck provided.
  • Template pitch deck is AVAILABLE NOW—CLICK HERE to open and download.
  • Deadline to apply is March 18 at 7 p.m.
     

Judging Rounds

  • Round 1:
    • All applications will be reviewed and scored by judges.
    • Participants will receive notification of qualification to the next round by April 1.
  • Round 2:
    • Top 12 applications will compete in the final round.
    • Finalists will present in front of a live audience on April 8 at Newbold Auditorium.
    • Judges will select the top presentations.
    • Awards will be announced based on judges' scoring.

Awards

  • Both in-kind and cash awards will be given based on the scores by the judges during Round 2.
  • A total amount of about $30,000 of both in-kind and cash awards will be distributed.
  • Prior to the distribution of the award, the recipient(s) will be required to:
    • Meet with the Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship to create a budget based on needs and growth plans.
    • Register a company in any U.S. state. The Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship will help the recipient(s) complete the company registration, if necessary.
  • In-kind awards include any services by the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, such as prototyping materials and equipment, consultants, personalized coaching, software licenses, puchase of needed equipment, grant writing assistance, patent application assistance, and rental space in the future innovation center.

Categories

  • Non-profit organization or enterprise.
  • For-profit business idea.

FAQs

Who can participate?

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students attending on-campus at Andrews University.

Is it necessary to be part of a team to participate?

No, students can apply to participate individually or as part of a team.

Can the same person submit more than one application?

No, only one application per student will be accepted. The same student cannot participate individually and also as part of a team. A student can only be part of one (1) application.

Can international students participate and be eligible for prizes?

Yes, all university students, including international, who attend on-campus can join the competition and be eligible for prizes.

Is the competition only for business majors?

No, the competition is open to all majors.

Can ideas for non-profit organizations participate

Yes, the competition will be divided into two categories: non-profit and for-profit type of enterprises or organizations.

Are awards taxable?

Yes, recipient(s) will be taxed depending on their visa or residential status. We will provide information ahead of time to all finalists.

Do I need to patent my idea before the competition?

It is not a requirement to patent your idea or product before the competion. However, if you think your product idea could be stolen, you may want to file a provisional patent application with USPTO ($70). If you need more information, contact us at innovate@andrews.edu.

Important Dates

Event

Date

Time

Location

Information Session March 8 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Buller Hall 108
Information Session Repeat March 15 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Chan Shun Hall, Whirlpool Room
Deadline to Submit Application March 18 7 p.m. Online
"How to Pitch" Workshop March 29 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Buller Hall 108