School of Business

Washburn Pitch Competition 2016

The idea 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 four. $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 for a new venture. It should be a concise summary of a new business for a product, service or social venture.

How it works: Phase 1 - Knockout Round (Thursday, October 6, 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. The top four teams/individuals will qualify for the Finals Round. 

How it works: Phase 2 - Finals Round (Thursday, October 20, 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 ten (10) minutes. 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 29, 1-2 pm, HC 104


  • Enter using this registration form and bring it to the Washburn School of Business office in Henderson room 114 by September 30, 2016
  • Knockout Round: October 6, 2016
  • Finals Round: October 20, 2016

Questions or want to join a team?

Contact Dr. David Price