Get answers to frequently asked questions about the UM-Dearborn Business Idea Pitch competition.
The live 2020 Pitch Competition will take place virtually on Thursday, November 5th, 2020.
Any current UM-Dearborn student or team of current UM-Dearborn students.
A maximum of 5 students are allowed on a team. You can pitch as a one-person team, but teams of more than one are encouraged.
Any new idea you have for a product, service, or experience related to changes in lives due to challenges associated with the pandemic. You don’t need to have a business plan, just an idea that you have given some thought to!
Yes, you can submit any business idea.
Yes, but only one idea per student/team will be allowed on Pitch Day. Having multiple ideas means you are competing with yourself for votes. You are encouraged to submit only your best idea.
The process takes just a few minutes. You need to answer a few questions about your team (or yourself) and your idea.
Idea submission for the 2020 competition is now closed.
Anyone can vote on ideas. Encourage your friends and family to vote! A panel of reviewers will also select ideas to move on to Pitch Day.
The top ideas selected from those submitted online will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of judges in a live, virtual competition.
Visit the main page to learn more about events and workshops to help you create an idea and present it.
Yes, please inform the project manager (Kari Kowalski at email@example.com) as soon as possible.
No, at least ONE member of the team has to be present. Let the project manager know about the others' absences before Pitch Day. All members of the team will need to complete paperwork before Pitch Day.
There are thousands of dollars in cash prizes for ideas related to changes in lives due to challenges associated with the pandemic. Judges will determine the number of winners and the cash amount received by each.
Money is paid through the University, so you may be subject to taxes or financial aid rules.