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Business Pitch Competition


Business Pitch Competition

Ciocca Center's Business Pitch Competition takes place each spring. We use a virtual portal called Pitchtape, an asynchronous online platform where companies can record their pitches. 

SCU students of all majors are encouraged to apply for a spot in the competition! 

Sign up here!



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  • What makes me eligible to compete
    • Teams must include at least 1 active members
    • All SCU students are welcome to participate
    • The proposed business should be fundable and for-profit 
    • The proposed business plan/pitch should not be in violation of any IP right. This is what we will be reviewing after applications are submitted.

  • What should my business pitch look like?
    • Your company/team should be submit a 2 - 5 minute presentation online.  If selected, your face to face pitch may be up to 8 minutes long, and we will allow for one judge question for a maximum of 10 minutes.  We strongly recommend pitching for no more than 7 minutes to allow yourself time to think through and answer the question.
    • Once applications are reviewed and the companies are selected, we will send material out regarding how to pitch using the Ciocca Center Virtual Portal via Pitchtape.
  • What are my best chances? How do I succeed? 
    • Practice makes perfect here. Make sure to get with your team and complete some run throughs. Send them in for feedback, we are happy to work with you! Pitchtape makes it easy for you to follow along with pitch prompts and record with your entire group!
    • Know that the company idea is equally as important as the actual pitch. Judging will be based on the quality of your product/service/solution, market opportunities and competition, fundability, overall attractiveness of the venture and quality of the pitch presentation.

  • How will our company's pitch be scored or judged?
    • You will be scored by the following criteria on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest)
      • Business Description: Hook/Intro, Innovativeness, and Product or Service Analysis
      • Competitive Analysis: Market opportunities, Solution, and Competition
      • Quality of the pitch/presentation: Persuasiveness, Time
      • Special Mentions: Social Benefit and Most Interdisciplinary 
    • Judges will review the pitches on the Pitchtape portal and will be able to provide comments and feedback


You can schedule practice sessions through office hours that will be included in your follow- up email once you sign- up for the competition.

  • These sessions can be used for questions about the PitchTape portal, competition as a whole, or even
    as an opportunity to practice your pitch.
  • PitchTape details are available in the initial competition email.
  • $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded

  • Prizes will be awarded for each of the tracks, generally, Graduate, Undergraduate, and Alumni
  • There will be special awards given to the following teams:

    Most Interdisciplinary Team 

    Greatest Social Benefit or Impact 


2023 Winners