The Insider: Pitch a Business Idea in 60 Seconds

August 22, 2011 5:43 AM


Are you a budding entrepreneur with a passion for protecting the environment or effecting positive social change? If so, this is your chance to win $1,000, pro-bono technical assistance, consultation and mentorship from Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO).

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Now through Sept. 7,  PitchNOLA 2011 is accepting submissions for its “elevator-pitch” competition. To enter, individuals or teams must submit a one- to three-minute YouTube video pitch along with a 500-word proposal. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m.

Now in its third year, the contest gives local social entrepreneurs the chance to pitch breakthrough ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of more than 200 business professionals, social activists and community members.

The first round of competition takes place on Oct. 6 at Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center on the Tulane uptown campus. The top 10 proposals will earn a spot in the live PitchNOLA competition, also at Tulane. Anyone interested in participating as an audience member may visit the SENO website to register to attend. The audience plays a key role in the competition by providing constructive criticism and helping entrants better connect with resources and contacts.

PitchNOLA is sponsored by SENO, the A. B. Freeman School of Business and Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives.

“The Freeman School of Business is delighted to partner with PitchNOLA to give entrepreneurs a platform to not only hone their presentation skills but to engage and inspire the community with their innovative ideas for social change here in New Orleans,” says Ira Solomon, business school dean.

In addition to the first-place award to the individual or team judged to have the most innovative idea, a $500 prize will be given to the audience’s favorite pitch.

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