The Golden Pitch: $5,000 for Winning GSU Student Business Ideas

GSU - Instagram 2Is there a startup in your head? Do you have a business idea that just needs funding and mentorship? Apply now for the 2018 Grambling State University “The Golden Pitch” competition.

What is the Golden Pitch?

The Golden Pitch is a North Louisiana entrepreneurial and business development event that is currently open to all GSU students. The competition’s goal is to provide real-world education in entrepreneurship and to boost awareness and innovation commercialization in our region.

GSU students can submit models for new businesses in any industry. Qualifying participants will progress through 3 phases in the competition – 1) Idea Proposal, 2) Business Development Workshop, and 3) The Final Pitch.

What Can You Win?
The top 3 finalists will be awarded cash prizes, scholarships, and in-kind professional services.

  • 1st Place (Winner) – $3,000 cash, scholarship to LA Startup Prize 2019, scholarship to the Patent Academy, and 6 months of professional services from the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program.
  • 2nd Place (Runner up) – $1,000 cash, scholarship to LA Startup Prize 2019, scholarship to the Patent Academy, and 6 months of professional services from the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program.
  • 3rd Place (Runner up) – $500 cash, scholarship to LA Startup Prize 2019, scholarship to the Patent Academy, and 6 months of professional services from the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program.

Where do I Sign Up? Phase 1 – “Idea Proposal” is Open Now.

Start now! Apply today in Canvas or at thegoldenpitch.net and finish your application by September 28, 2018, at 11:55 p.m. On your application, be prepared to explain your business, success metrics, and your vision for getting your startup off the ground (if you already have a business plan, this could take as little as 15 minutes).

Why should you participate?

Participants will have opportunities to receive coaching from industry experts and build comradery with other entrepreneurial-minded individuals.

If you have an idea for a product, service, or new technology that could be transformed into a scalable business, we highly recommend you apply. Apart from sharpening your business and financial acumen, this competition will also provide:

  • Real world experience in the startup and capital raising process
  • Networking with industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs
  • Collaboration with other students and faculty that are entrepreneurial minded
  • Scholarships to attend the Patent Academy at Louisiana State University-Shreveport
  • Scholarships to the Louisiana Startup Prize Annual Competition
  • Professional services from the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP)
  • A chance to take your business idea from concept to commercialization

Please note that any student may consult with GSU technology transfer personnel or their attorney regarding the competition prior to participating in The Golden Pitch competition, and/or during any phase of the Golden Pitch competition. 

Important Dates to Remember

  • Idea Proposal Closes (Friday, September 28, 2018 at 11:55 PM)
  • Business Development Workshops – (Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 3:30 PM)
  • Final Deliverables Submission – (Friday, November 2, 2018 by 11:55 PM)
  • Finalist will be announced–(Tuesday, November 7, 2018)
  • Final event (Inferno Pitch Competition) – (Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM)

Eligibility & Student Enrollment
Applicants must be a currently enrolled as a student at GSU to participate in the competition. Only one application per individual/team is permitted.  Online students may apply but must be physically present to participate in on-campus events.

Enrollment Verification
 All applicants must provide their GSU email address. 

Individuals & Team Size
GSU students may apply as individuals or teams. Teams must include a minimum of two parties, but no more than four.  Teams can consist of students from different academic disciplines, and will be highly encouraged; further, cross-school collaboration will also be permitted.

 For more information, visit http://thegoldenpitch.net/