CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise

Fostering Student Engagement and Success


As a participant in the 13th annual SmartPitch Challenge, you have a chance to develop your business concept, be a part of a community of student entrepreneurs, gain access to mentors who will provide you with guidance, and compete for $40,000 in prize money. In addition, you will be informed about a variety of resources with regards to entrepreneurship, paid internships, and job offerings at start-ups.

The focus of the competition is to seek out innovative student concepts. These innovative approaches can be in the form of new technological advances, new strategic alliances, new methods or processes or new strategies. The concepts could, but are not required to, fall into the tracks listed below.

Potential tracks:

* Education: mobile learning, tablet computing, learning analytics, gaming and gamification

* Healthcare: healthcare, pharma, patient management, sports, exercise, behavior, diagnostics

* Sustainability: alternative energy, green initiatives, energy storage, bio/sustainable fuel

* Smarter Cities: transportation, security, pollution, technology solutions

We do accept ALL business ideas so if your concept does not fit in a track you can compete in the general track for the Grand Prize of $15,000, Fan Favorite or Most Innovative App. Teams with the most nominations by mentors will be invited to present their concepts at the SmartPitch Final Event on June 4, 2015 and compete for $40,000 in prizes.



$40,000 in Cash Prizes!

* Grand Prize: $15,000

* Education Track: $5,000

* Healthcare Track: $5,000

* Sustainability Track: $5,000

* Smarter Cities Track: $5,000

* Most Innovative App (with beta): $3,000

* Fan Favorite: $2,000

The top finalists will have the opportunity to be invited to participate in the next cohort of the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship Incubator. SmartPitch 2015 will begin with a Kickoff Event held January 30, 2015 at Baruch College, 125 East 25 Street, Library Room 750. The competition will conclude on June 4th with a final pitch event. There are additional events, milestones and opportunities to connect throughout the competition. 

Get A Headstart on the 2015 SmartPitch Challenge !

Psst! Do you want to get a head start on the SmartPitch Challenge  2015? Sign up and create your profile today. Members are the first to get details about the competition and upcoming events.

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