Spring 2024 Pitch Competition

Innovate for a Sustainable Future

Get ready to embark on a journey of innovation, entrepreneurship and positive change! The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO Club) at UIW and the Beckendorf Family Center for Global Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship (BEC) proudly present the most exciting and impactful event of the year – "Innovate for a Sustainable Future."

Event Details

  • When: February 1-29
  • Eligibility: Teams of 2-5 people
  • Theme: Align your startup idea with one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Pitch Duration: Maximum 4 minutes
  • CASH Prizes:
    • First Prize: $500
    • Second Prize/Runner-up: $250
    • Third Prize/Runner-up: $100
  • Grand Prize Opportunity: The First Prize winner automatically advances to the Hult Prize competition, where the grand prize is an astonishing $1,000,000! Runner-up will advance if first prize does not meet advancement requirements.

Register Here


Why Participate?

Make a Difference

Channel your creativity and innovation towards addressing global challenges outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Cash Prizes

Win cash prizes to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey or further develop your startup.

Global Exposure

The First Prize winner gets a chance to compete on a global stage at the Hult Prize competition, bringing unprecedented exposure to your ideas.

This campaign aims not only to foster creativity and entrepreneurship but also to contribute to a sustainable and equitable future. Join us in this exciting endeavor to create impactful solutions that resonate globally!

Campaign Elements:

  • Intriguing social media teasers with impactful images and taglines.
  • Snippets of previous Hult prize winners sharing their experiences and the impact of their projects.
  • Countdown posts to build anticipation.
  • Release a visually stunning and informative event video across all platforms.
  • Engage with influencers and local media to amplify the launch.
  • Visually appealing posters and digital content calling for teams.
  • Virtual info sessions and networking events to attract diverse teams.
  • Weekly virtual workshops on sustainable entrepreneurship, pitching techniques and SDG alignment.
  • Feature industry experts and previous Hult winners on social media.
  • Launch interactive challenges related to sustainability and entrepreneurship.
  • Encourage participants to share their ideas and progress.
  • Dedicate each week to one specific UN Sustainable Development Goal, creating awareness and inspiring focused innovations.
  • Daily countdown posts building up to the grand finale.
  • Showcase sneak peeks of the participating teams and their exciting projects.
  • The SHOWDOWN – 4 minute finalist pitches.
  • Livestream the pitches with dynamic visuals and engaging commentary.
  • Feature live Q&A sessions with the judging panel.
  • Verify the winner advancing to the Hult competition and celebrate the spirit of innovation.

Contact Us

For pitch competition questions, contact Dr. Teresa Harrison by email at teresa.harrison@uiwtx.edu.