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"Get a Taste of Success" Business Plan Pitch Competition

The "Get a Taste of Success" Business Plan Pitch Competition provides an opportunity for high school and community college students to develop entrepreneurial skills necessary to succeed in business. There will be two divisions for competition; one for high school students and one for community college students. The competition will have two rounds. The first round will consist of ten regional competitions across the state where participants submit a two minute elevator pitch video and ten slide PowerPoint presentation describing their business idea. The finalists from the regional competitions will be invited to participate in the second round which is a statewide business plan pitch competition.  The top three teams from across the state for each division who will then be invited to give live pitches to a panel of judges and live audiences around the state at the Statewide Finals on May 19th.

For guidance on preparing your Business Plan Pitches, view the following videos:

How to Pitch Your Business Idea Part 1

How to Pitch Your Business Idea Part 2

How to Pitch Your Business Idea Part 3

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in a California Community College to be eligible to participate in the Community College Division
  • Must be enrolled in a California High School to be eligible to participate in the High School Division

Submission Criteria:

  • For the regional competitions, participants must register online and upload a two minute Elevator Pitch Video and a ten slide PowerPoint Pitch describing their business idea by 5 pm on April 7th. The top high school and college team from each region will be invited to go on to the statewide competition.
  • For the statewide competition, invited teams must register online and submit their two minute elevator pitch video plus a ten slide PowerPoint Pitch by 5 pm on April 13th. The submissions will be reviewed (view scoring rubric) by a team of experts and student peers (business faculty and teachers will be given the opportunity to have the review of pitches part of class projects or assignments).  The top three teams from across the state for each division who will then be invited to give live pitches to a panel of judges and live audiences around the state at the Statewide Finals on May 19th. Teams will be given ten minutes (2 minute introduction using their elevator pitch video plus 8 minutes live presentation) to pitch their business plan. Following each pitch, there will also be a five minute Q&A session where teams can respond to questions by the panel of judges. The Small Business Summit will be broadcast live via videoconference to ten regional sites across the state where live audiences will also have an opportunity to score the pitch presentations.
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