Idea Pitch 2019




What is idea pitch 2019? win cash  for your idea!

Have an idea for a program, social business or innovation? We want to hear from you

Ventureprise has partnered with UNC Charlotte's Student Organization, Global Business Brigades to host Idea Pitch. This is an opportunity for all UNC Charlotte students to showcase their idea and receive the tools and resources to work on their venture. We will be hosting 2 information sessions prior to the Idea Pitch to help students apply and develop their pitch. The 3 finalists selected at the Idea Pitch on April 3rd will be given 3 weeks of mentoring to prepare for the Final Student Pitch that will take place at the Charlotte Venture Challenge on April 30th, where they will compete for cash and other prizes. 

information session announced! rsvp today

 tuesday, march 19th, 5:30pm @ atkins library, room 124  

When is the Idea Pitch?

Wednesday, April 3rd

Who can apply?

The competition is open to all UNC Charlotte students

What do I need?

Just your idea! Have you identified a problem in your community? On campus? Are you looking for a way to get started? We have the tools and resources to help you begin your venture.

What if it is only me? Do I need to have a team?

Whether you are solo or have a group, we want you to apply. This is also a way to meet other like-minded students on campus- You may find a partner at an information session!

What if I don't have a product? Or a business plan?

You don't need those at this stage. This is an IDEA pitch. We want to hear about your idea. If you do have a some type of product or solution, that can be included as well- but you will be judged on the idea and your proposed solution. During the April mentoring sessions we will prepare you pitch to a larger audience, work through some type of minimal viable product and canvas your business model. 

How do I apply?

Fill out the application here by March 29th at 11:59pm. You can also submit a video (under 90 seconds), but this is not required. The EZ Video Lab in Atkins Libray is a great resource, read more about that here.

Everyone will pitch on Wednesday, April 3rd (think 'American Idol' style) where 3 finalists will be chosen. 

Idea Pitch 2019

For the competition, you will have 2 minutes and 30 seconds to pitch your idea to 3 panelists. Your pitch should include the problem you have identified, who it is affecting and your solution. Nothing fancy- we just want to hear about your idea and your proposed solution/innovation. 

3 Finalists will be chosen. These finalists will then be awarded with mentoring and workshops throughout April to get you prepared to pitch at Charlotte Venture Challenge on April 30th. The Charlotte Venture Challenge is an opportunity to get in front of industry leaders and member of the Charlotte community .. and win cash and other prizes!

2018 Charlotte Venture Challenge Student Pitch Participants


Dates to remember:

March 19th (Tuesday)- Information Session- 5:30pm @ Atkins Library, Room 124. Dinner will be provided. RSVP here

March 25th (Monday)- Information Session 

March 29th (Friday)- Applications Due at 11:59pm

April 3rd (Wednesday)- Idea Pitch and 3 Finalists Announced

April 9th (Tuesday)- First Workshop for Finalists

April 17th (Wednesday)- Second Workshop for Finalists

April 25th (Thursday)- Final Workshop for Finalists

April 30th (Tuesday)- Charlotte Venture Challenge (Top 3 Finalists Compete in Student Competition)


Special thanks to our student org partner:

The Global Business Brigades' mission is to provide sustainable development to underserved communities throughout the world. Along with affiliate groups at other distinguished universities, our UNCC executive board recruits student volunteers and professionals, gathers supplies, and then travels overseas to design and implement small business plans, provide access to loans, run educational programs to improve financial literacy, in a variety of Honduran, Panamanian, and Ghanaian communities. Our organization will hold one trip per year, taking place during academic breaks, and provide ongoing year-long educational and professional development opportunities that relate to international health, business opportunities, and development to members. Follow them on Instagram at @gbbuncc and learn more about them here.


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Laura Smailes, Ventureprise