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Ed Pitch


Introducing our newest Pitch program in our growing pitch family – Ed Pitch.

Why Ed Pitch?

SVP has always had a focus on education so Ed Pitch 2018 will allow us to share our time, talent and resources centered on this passion. It’s a new, hybrid approach in an effort to support the Expect More Arizona Progress Meter and #EducateAZ movement. We are proud to do our part to change the dire education ranking for Arizona (#43!).

What is Ed Pitch?

We’re taking the lessons and success from our Fast Pitch program and applying to the education world. Specifically college students. College students are at the forefront of discovering and generating solutions. While they aren’t far removed from the K-12 classroom, they are close to entering the workforce, and potentially, entrepreneurship. Which is why we want to challenge our Valley community to bring awareness and drive change for students by students.

There is an accelerated application and selection process to narrow the field to five finalist teams. The teams will go through a one-day boot camp, one-on-one mentoring sessions and mock presentations, in preparation for a showcase event on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. That night, in an intimate setting, students will compete for dollars. Our showcase event will serve as a kick-off to the #EducateAZ conference scheduled in the days following our Ed Pitch evening.

Why you should apply?

  • A grand prize of $50,000! Plus an opportunity for $5,000 from the audience choice.
  • A $1,000 stipend for all students selected as finalists.
  • Experience in real-world venture capital business pitching.
  • Mentoring from industry experts from finance, marketing, management, organizational and leadership development.

Apply today! Applications due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018.

How to Apply:

  • Each team will need to:
    • Submit the application
    • A maximum two-page executive summary
    • A 10 slide PowerPoint addressing the questions outlined in the application
    • A budget on how you would allocate the prize money
  • Applications must be submitted to Lesley Miller (lmiller@svpaz.org) by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Who can apply?

  • College students in Maricopa County that are enrolled in the following are eligible to apply: Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and fields of study are encouraged to apply.
  • Students can work individually or in teams of up to three people.

Want to get involved?

Great! We’d love for your support. Reach to Lesley Miller, Events Manager, for opportunities big and small.

  • Coaching
  • Teaching
  • Leading
  • Sponsoring

Let her know what category you fall into. Don’t be shy – this is the launching of a new community and education-based event you won’t want to miss!