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PVCC Innovation Challenge

 

The Innovation Challenge: Pitch Application

Do you have the entrepreneur spirit and a great business idea? The Entrepreneurship Education Center (EEC) at PVCC can provide you with guidance on creating a business pitch and the opportunity to present it. Learn how to take your idea from the drawing board to the board room at our Innovation Challenge workshop and pitch competition.

To participate in The Innovation Challenge, submit your creative, innovative idea that solves a real problem.

Business ideas can be conceptual and in development, or from student entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of their startup. Ideas may have a social purpose but should be based on a revenue generating business model. Any creative ideas from any discipline are welcome.

Business Idea Description

You must describe your business or business idea in not more than 500 words. Your response should include information about what type of product or service you plan to develop and sell, what industry you will focus on, who your ideal customer would be, what problem you are solving for that customer, and how you will reach your customer (online, in-person, etc.). Please use as much detail as possible so application reviewers can easily understand what your business or idea is about.

How much time will it take? 

How much time you decide to spend on developing your idea is up to you. Just remember that turning great ideas into a viable business strategy requires time, effort and energy. During preparation for the competition, you need to set deadlines for different aspects of the pitch and it is essential that you meet the deadlines. Our expectation is that you take this process seriously.

Who can apply?

In order to apply for the Innovation Challenge Competition, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • All currently enrolled students at PVCC are eligible to apply. Currently registered status is also required to participate in The Innovation Challenge Competition.
  • You are enrolled in at least 3 credits at PVCC during the spring semester.
  • You have a basic business plan for your idea OR you've recently launched a business and are looking for guidance and support to help it grow.

Selection Process

In order to be considered for the Student Innovation Challenge Competition, you must submit your on-line application by 5 p.m. February 11, 2022.

A committee of cross-disciplinary faculty and the director of the Entrepreneurship Education Center will evaluate the business ideas and select the top 10 best ideas. The EEC will notify the 10 individuals by February 16, 2022.

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What happens if my idea gets selected?

If your idea is selected, the EEC Director will schedule a time to meet you and provide you with a business plan development template and any necessary additional resources in order to assist in getting ready for the Innovation Challenge Pitch Competition. Additionally, you will be asked to participate in the EEC Innovation Challenge preparation workshop where you will work with faculty and other mentors to develop and fine-tune your plan and pitch to make you a strong contender for the top prize. In this workshop, you will also learn some strategies to effectively pitch your ideas.

Venue

To prepare for the PVCC Innovation Challenge Competition, there is a free 2-day workshop for students. The workshop will be held on February 22-24, 2022 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Entrepreneurship Education Center (K-117).

At the workshop you will learn:

  • How to think like an entrepreneur to solve problems and deliver value to customers and society.
  • How to develop your for-profit or non-profit business idea using Business Model Canvas.
  • How to pitch your idea.

You can apply now. Space is limited to 40 students. Students need to be logged into the PVCC system to access the application form.

The Pitch Competition will be held on February 28, 2022, in the EEC, K-117.

Awards

1st - $1,500
2nd - $1000
3rd - $500

Contact

If you have any questions related to the application process please do not hesitate to contact the Director of the EEC, kishore.dash@paradisevalley.edu. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your idea(s)!