Innovative Concept Pitch Competition logoInnovation Concept Pitch Competition

November 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm | Cameron Hall Auditorium | UNCW

Coordinated by UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Cameron School of Business

Application Process

It should be noted that the student pitches will be made to the judges and an audience of students and others in the auditorium – therefore students should avoid anything in their presentation they consider confidential. It is also understood that UNCW and tekMountain cannot be held liable for any issues related to the competition.

The concept submitted must be original in nature and not “borrowed” from other people or entities. The concept may, however, be an innovative application of an existing idea, product, service, or business model. Students should do a Google search to verify their idea/concept does not already exist. The judges will do the same.

Students need submit a one-page (single-spaced with 12 point font) profile to Dr. Xaver Neumeyer – coordinator of the Innovation Concept Pitch Competition - no later than 11:59 pm (midnight) on November 12th. Team submissions (2 or more UNCW students) are encouraged, but not required.

The profile must have the following sections:

  1. Student’s name and email address.
  2. Description of the new business idea or innovative product, service or business model and why it is innovative.
  3. Description of the opportunity to be seized or the problem that needs to be solved.
  4. Description of the people or organizations to be targeted as customers.
  5. Description of how the product, service, or business model will be better than competitors.
  6. Description of logistical factors that indicate the concept is feasible.
  7. Description of sales and profit potential.
  8. The extent the student plans to actually proceed with the concept.

Review Process & Presentation Format

Students (up to six) who have submitted the most compelling concept profiles will be invited by November 16 to compete in the Innovation Concept Pitch Competition. They will then have until midnight on November 20 to submit their slide deck file (with no more than 10 PowerPoint slides) to be used in their five-minute presentation to the judges.

The use of videos and video links will not be allowed due the possibility of system failure as well as the need to provide a consistent presentation format. The slides will be loaded into the master deck that will be used in the competition. Students who do not submit their slide deck by the deadline will not be able to compete.

Students who are invited to be in the competition are welcome to seek assistance from others in preparing for the competition. The sequence of presentations will be determined by a random process rather than on a first-submitted basis. If a team is invited to the competition, then only one person can do the pitch. 

The competition will only take place if there are at least three qualified entrants.

Questions on the application process?

Dr. Xaver Neumeyer
CH 200-D