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THE PITCH 2019 PRESENTED BY: Apple

DURHAM, NC • MAY 20-24, 2019

DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (I&E) AND LIKE TO THINK BIG?

Join us for an exciting three-day entrepreneurial training and app development competition!  The Pitch 2019  is looking for 100 of the greatest young minds, who think critically, creatively, and are passionate about solving problems. Compete against your peers in a 72-hour workshop that will both challenge and reward you! Students will be tasked with developing solutions to business, social, or educational problems and then pitching their ideas to a panel of expert judges comprised of entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, venture capitalists and other investors. On the final day, teams will pitch their ideas at the Pitch & Win Competition before an expert panel. In past years, prizes have included an items like : an opportunity to attend Apple’s WWDC conference, Leadership Exchange Study Abroad Scholarship, Macbooks, and iPads to name a few. The Pitch 2019 is an optimum opportunity for students to learn, engage in hands-on exercises, and develop the three C’s of an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value.

This competition  is a blend of two worlds. It is a place where technology meets business acumen connecting “techie” students, i.e., those who have an interest in building mobile apps and developing and utilizing their technical skills, with the more “business-minded” students who are aspiring entrepreneurs. This unique environment provides fertile ground for the growth and development of startups.

Event participants are placed in teams that include both the aspiring entrepreneurs and the product builders. The teams are charged with the task of sharing ideas, creating and pitching their products to a team of industry experts. In addition, each participant is exposed to Apple’s programming language, Swift, and taught the Business Model Canvas. This tailored coaching practicum approach allows them to build smarter and faster while having fun creating the next big idea! By the end of the competition, participants are equipped with increased knowledge and experience in the areas of venture ideation, team building, business model canvas, customer discovery, and pitching.

To view pictures from last year’s I&E Competition, click here.

Location: Durham, NC
Dates: May 20-24 2019

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: APPLY TODAY IF YOU ARE:

  • Enrolled in a full-time program of study at a four-year, degree-granting HBCU or PBI
  • Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior during the fall of 2018; 1st semester Seniors considered.
  • Willing to grow and learn in a collaborative environment
  • Interested in learning how to develop or expand an entrepreneurial mindset

All majors are encouraged to apply for the The Pitch 2019

This application is now closed.


SUPPORT US:

Do you or your company want to make a direct impact on the HBCU Innovation scene?

BECOME A PARTNER

HOW MUCH DOES THE COMPETITION COST?

The experience is absolutely Free for all participants. We will provide and arrange your round trip travel, hotel accommodations, meals, program materials, and even free Wifi! This opportunity, valued at $2,500 per student, is no cost to you. All you have to do is show up with your laptop, a good attitude, and ready to work.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 11:59 pm EDT.

I HAVE ALREADY GRADUATED.  CAN I STILL GET INVOLVED?

This program is only for students enrolled in a four- or five-year HBCU undergraduate degree program.

CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Thanks for your interest, but we’ve filled all our volunteer positions.

IS THIS EVENT FOR ME?

If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely, "Yes". If you’re motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in. If you’re someone who is willing to learn and wants to take a shot at changing the world, no matter what your field is, you definitely belong HERE!

I’VE NEVER WRITTEN A LINE OF CODE, SHOULD I STILL APPLY?

All students regardless of coding ability or experience are welcome. Our program is a great place to learn, so come and build your first app! We’ll also have workshops to help you get started or to learn something new.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Macbook or Laptop (and power cord)
  • Mobile Phone (and charger)
  • Comfortable Clothes
  • A valid student or government ID
  • Business cards
  • Camera – (We encourage sharing pictures and video to share on social media)
  • Lots of creative energy!

SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING ELSE?

Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…set yourself up to be productive!

WHAT IS THE CODE OF CONDUCT?

This competition is dedicated to providing a fun, harassment-free experience for everyone. We expect all of our attendees, partners, volunteers, and staff to be respectful and considerate of others.


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