Monday, November 19, 2018

ISU 'Pitch-Off' contest for new business ideas set for Dec. 6

POCATELLO — The Idaho State University College of Business’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development is leading the university in competing in the Idaho Entrepreneurship Challenge and will host a “Pitch-Off” contest on Dec. 6.

The Idaho Entrepreneurship Challenge is a competition hosted in Boise each spring where students from schools throughout the state come together to present their business ideas for an innovative product or service. Before going to Boise, students at each campus must prepare a business proposal, prototype and 60-second elevator pitch that could all lead to their selection by judges to attend.

As the challenge and preparations are underway, U.S. Bank has stepped in with a great deal of support.

“Again this year the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development for and U.S. Bank will host a ‘Pitch-Off’ contest on-campus at ISU during the first week of December,” said ISU’s Jeff Street, center director. “During this contest, teams will present a four-minute pitch to panels of judges. Students with the best pitch will be offered a cash prize from U.S. Bank.”

Street said this ‘Pitch-Off’ will incentivize students to polish up the eventual 60-second elevator pitch they will need to put together for entry into the Boise competition.

Prizes for this ISU competition include:

  • $2,000: First place
  • $1,000: Second place
  • $500: Runner-up, two awards
  • $250: Best support materials

“The U.S. Bank Pitch-Off Contest will be a great opportunity for teams to fine-tune their application for the statewide Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge,” Street said.

For more information, email Street at strejeff@isu.edu.



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