ZIP PITCH COMPETITION
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Develop your business idea, improve the community with your Zip Pitch

UA is proud to host Zip Pitch, a pitch competition where high school and middle school students can win $100 for their idea.

Presented by: The EXL Center, The SEED Legal Clinic, The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF), and Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies


OVERVIEW

  • Upload a video of yourself giving your 4 minutes or less pitch
  • You can choose to make a video pitch for one or both categories:
    • (i) An idea to create a for-profit business
    • (ii) An idea for how the community can respond to the current COVID-19 crisis
  • There will be two divisions:
    • 7-8 grades
    • 9-12 grades
  • Prizes of $100 will be awarded to the best idea in each category of each division for a total of 4 winners

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Competition begins: Thursday, April 30
  • Deadlines for submissions: Wednesday, May 13 at 8 p.m.
  • Winners announced: Friday, May 15

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

  • Any student in grades 7 - 12

THE COMPETITION CATEGORIES

Your video should address the following points per category:

Idea to create a for-profit business

  • What is the problem you are trying to solve?
  • What is your solution?
  • Why does the solution work?
  • How do you make money?

Idea for how the community can respond to the COVID-19 crisis:

  • What is the problem you are trying to solve?
  • What is your solution?
  • Why does the solution work?

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