Think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Throughout the year, the Design & Pitch team hosts several Virtual Pitch Competitions. Some are open to students from across the world, others are designed for specific groups of students. Browse the sections below to discover what goes into a Virtual Pitch Competition and examples of pitch competitions we have hosted in the past or are currently hosting.
What is a Virtual Pitch Competition?
In a Virtual Pitch Competition, you will
1. Select a challenge,
2. Build a prototype solution,
3. Design a business proposition to show how you will make money, and
4. Record a 5-minute pitch to convince judges that your idea is the best.
New to entrepreneurship? Don’t worry, we’re here to support you throughout the process! Along the way, you will hear from real entrepreneurial professionals who will provide tips and tools to help you succeed. You will also meet several members of the Design & Pitch team who will explain some of the tools you can use to build your solution and your pitch.
Virtual Pitch Competitions
This competition and professional development hybrid was built for pre-service teachers of middle-grades mathematics at North Carolina State University. These future teachers spent three days working through a challenge of their choosing and discussing various aspects of the Design & Pitch model, including foundational theories of design, implementation strategies, pedagogical methods, standards alignment, and much, much more.
This competition was designed specifically for students of teachers who completed the Design & Pitch Professional Development in August 2020. After engaging in a one-week, interactive PD, these teachers took the D&P challenges back to their classrooms and their students, who then took part in this international Ambassador Pitch Competition.
In Summer 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Design & Pitch team devised the inaugural Virtual Pitch Competition. This competition was open to all students, grades 6 – 9, across the country. Each week featured a different set of challenges for students to choose from. Follow the link to see some of the winning pitches from this exciting competition.