Welcome to the Competition Management System

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    Click here to register and access the Fifteenth Annual Pace Pitch Contest


    The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur's idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

    Each Finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience. In addition to broad participation at Pace, we have been pleased to welcome student competitors from a number of other universities, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Princeton, and Stanford.

    Date: Monday, April 22nd 2019

    Time: 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

    Venue: Bianco Room, One Pace Plaza

    Click here to visit the Pitch Contest home page


    At least one member of your team should meet one of the following two criteria:

    • Full or part-time student currently enrolled in Pace University
    • Recent Pace University graduate (graduated within the past 18 months)

    AND if you have already launched the venture, it must have been in business for less than 2 years and received less than $100,000 in funding.


    Monday, March 25, 2019 - Deadline for Registration and Submission of Executive Summary & Biography
    Monday, March 25, 2019 - Pre-selection Announcement
    Tuesday March 26, 2019 to Friday April 5, 2019 - Pitch Clinic (only for selected candidates)
    Monday, April 2, 2019 - Finalist/Alternate Announcement
    Monday, April 16, 2019 - Photo Submission Deadline (only for finalists)
    Monday, April 16, 2019 - PowerPoint Submission Deadline (only for finalists)
    Monday, April 22, 2019 - Pitch Contest

    Click here to register and access

    If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Lee, Associate Director, Entrepreneurship Lab, by email at jlee12@pace.edu or phone at (212) 618-6667


    The Pace Business Plan Competition is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Pace University, as well as recent Pace alumni (those who have graduated within the past two years).

    Submission deadline: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EST

    Business Plan Guidelines*

    1. Cover Page - include the proposed name of the organization and contact information of the entrant(s).
    2. Table of Contents - a list on the major sections of the plan and corresponding page numbers.
    3. Executive Summary - an overview of the plan, not to exceed 1 page.
    4. Business Description - details of the business and what it does.
    5. Objectives - specific short and long term objectives of the business. You may include the broader goals of the organization as well as its vision and mission.
    6. Market Analysis - an overview of the industry, characteristics of the market, and a description of the customers.
    Product or Service Analysis - the specifics of your product or service and a description of the unmet need it fills.
    7. Development and Production - details of research and development efforts, licensing agreements, the production process, and operations.
    8. Competition - identify current and potential competitors, analyze the likely competitive response.
    9. Business Strategy - how you will create and defend a competitive advantage.
    10. Marketing Plan - an overview of the marketing mix and details of how sales will be achieved.
    11. Management - An assessment of the entrepreneur and management team.
    12. Finances - Specific details of the required resources and economics of the venture.
    13. An investment proposal - the terms and conditions offered to investors. Include details of the current equity positions, proposed deal structure, and valuation methodology.
    14. Critical Risks and Contingencies - an overview of internal weaknesses and potential threats facing the business, as well as actions that may be taken to mitigate them.
    15. Milestones and Scheduling - an outline of key business targets and a timeline for achieving them.
    16. Supporting Information - information that clearly illustrates and bolsters your plan. This includes pro forma financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement), résumés, industry data, primary and/or secondary market research, product illustrations, legal agreements, etc.

    Additional Guidelines for Social Ventures*

    In addition to considering the above guidelines, plans submitted in the Social Ventures category should address the following criteria:

    1. Assessing the need: does the proposed venture address a significant and pressing social problem?
    2. Well-defined target: does the proposed venture adequately describe the problem it addresses and define the parameters within which it plans to operate?
    3. Matching skills and objectives: does the entrepreneurial team demonstrate the skills and experience required to translate the plan into action?
    4. Creativity: does the proposal approach the social problem in a creative, exciting, and dynamic way?
    Feasibility: does the initiative aspire towards realistic and achievable goals, while thinking big? How effectively can it be implemented?
    5. Sustainability: does the proposed venture include adequate strategies for fundraising and income generation? Does it consider the different dimensions of financial and social sustainability in a conscientious manner?
    6. Social impact: how will the implementation of this social venture benefit the community and the multiple stakeholders involved?
    * These are only general guidelines.

    - All business plans must contain a one (1) page Executive Summary and may not exceed forty (40) pages in length
    - All business plans should be submitted in Microsoft Word® or PDF format by uploading to the competition page