What is a pitch competition?

Entrepreneurial teams consisting of three to five high school students each take the stage to pitch a business idea to a panel of business experts.  This can be a high school class project led by a teacher, an after school project led by a volunteer, or a team formed by a group of individual students. There is no obligation or cost to the school or students who participate in this program. A Dare to Dream representative will be available to talk to all participants to assist them in preparing for the competition.

Competition Overview:

  • A letter of intent to compete must be submitted by November 1, 2020 to Mike Thompson or Mick Fosson.  
  • The pitch will be a maximum of five minutes.  
  • The panel of judges will then have the opportunity to question the students for a maximum of five minutes.  
  • You can find more information on how to do a pitch on the Powerpoint and summary pages.  
  • How to come up with ideas on the how to begin page.
  • Each state will have a semi-final to determine who will go to the finals.  The Ohio state semi-final will be held at Shawnee State University TBD.  The Kentucky state semi-final is yet to be announced.  The final will be held at Shawnee State TBD.
  • All prize monies will be distributed in cash to the winning teams.  See awards for details.


Below is a short video with general presentation tips:

Presentation do’s and don’ts

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