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The CUNY IVE SmartPitch Challenge 2014



To win the SmartPitch "Fan Favorite" prize of $1,000, students must upload a 30 second YouTube video of their business idea (using the Milestone 1 video is fine) and collect the most votes on our Fan Favorite Facebook App.


***You must complete ALL THREE Milestones on their respective deadlines to qualify.


Voting begins on March 18, 2014 and ends on June 4, 2014.




Check out the Fan Favorite Contest tab on the menu for more info.


2014 SmartPitch Challenge

SmartPitch Challenge is a NYC student competition

As a participant in the 12th Annual SmartPitch Challenge, you have a chance to develop your business concept and be a part of an entrepreneurship community of student entrepreneurs and gain access to mentors who will provide you with guidance. You have access to resources, peer camaraderie, and mentorship. 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. There are three suggested areas but NOT required: 

  • Education: mobile learning, tablet computing, learning analytics, gaming and gamification
  • Health: healthcare, pharma, patient management, sports, exercise, behavior, diagnostics
  • Energy: solar, sustainability, green initiatives, energy storage, bio/sustainable fuel

We accept ALL business ideas.

The best teams will be invited to present their concepts at the SmartPitch Event on June 5, 2014 and compete for $25,000 in prizes.

1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $7,500
3rd Place: $5,000
Most Innovative App: $1,500
Fan Favorite: $1,000

The top 5 finalists will be able to participate in a Virtual Business Incubator, which will help in launching your business.

Benefits include:
• Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
• Virtual Incubator 
• High Level Mentorship 
• Access to the entrepreneurship network in virtual and real space

SmartPitch 2014 Timeline
• KICKOFF Event: January 31, 2014 at 10am
• Milestone 1: 30 Sec Video Pitch: Due March 17 at Midnight
• Milestone 2: Executive Summary: Due April 23 at Midnight
• Milestone 3: Slide Deck: Due May 16 at Midnight
• SmartPitch Final Event: June 5, 2014 (2013 Winners)
• Entrepreneurship Bootcamp June 26-27, 2014

Participants will take advantage of continuous business development, consultation, and mentorship on this site throughout the entire length of the challenge.

SmartPitch Challenge is a NYC student competition. Only current NYC students are eligible to participate. 

UK participants: Click here for more information about your group.

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