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Washburn Pitch Competition 2017 "Step Up to the Mic"

Pitch Competition 2017

Washburn Pitch Competition 2017 - "Step Up to the Mic"
he Pitch Competition encourages students to explore and express their business ideas in a friendly and encouraging environment. The competition is open to all undergraduate, graduate and WIT students who can compete alone or in teams of up to three people. $25,000 in cash prizes has been made available from GO Topeka to help students start a new business venture.

Prize Money

1st   $9,000          2nd   $6,000          3rd   $4,000          4th   $2,500

Top Freshman Entry (outside of finals): $1,000 

Top Washburn Institute of Technology Entry (outside of finals): $2,500


What goes into a pitch presentation?
Students should develop and deliver an effective, professional presentation that includes a concise summary of a new business for a product, service or social venture. 

How it works: Phase 1 - Knockout Round (Tuesday, October 3, Student Union, 1-3 pm)
During the Knockout Round participants will have a maximum of three (3) minutes to verbally pitch ideas to a panel of judges (no technology use is allowed). The top four teams/individuals as decide by the judges will qualify for the Finals Round.

How it works: Phase 2 - Finals Round (Thursday, October 12, BTC 6-8:30 pm)
Teams qualifying for this phase will be required to expand on their ideas and include more detail on their proposed venture in a maximum of eight (8) minutes. Technology is allowed and a PPT presentation expected.  There will be five minutes for Q&A with judges.

What do I need to do to get ready?
The Washburn School of Business and the Small Business Development Center will provide a free seminar to help develop your idea and prepare your pitch.

The date for this seminar is: Thursday September 28, 1-2 pm, HC 104


  • Enter using the registration form and bring it to the Washburn School of Business office in Henderson by September 29, 2017
  • Knockout Round: October 3, 2017
  • Finals Round: October 12, 2017

Questions or want to join a team?

Contact Dr. David Price