Business Pitch Competition | Grossman School of Business | The University of Vermont(title)

The annual University of Vermont Business Pitch competition challenges students to present their business ideas and concepts to a panel of judges in the hopes of winning cash prizes.

About the Competition

About the UVM Business Pitch Competition 

University of Vermont (UVM) students who have innovative and impactful plans to start and grow either a business or a mission-driven organization are invited to apply. The presentation and pitch must demonstrate a viable business solution and plan that addresses an existing consumer need, or can create one, identifies a target market, and outlines the operational and management plan for success. The winning business teams walk away with cash prizes.

Dr. Erik Monsen takes a selfie with the competitors and judges.

2024 Competition Details

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 from 5 - 8 p.m. in the Keller Room of Kalkin/Ifshin Hall
  • 7-minute pitch followed by 5-minute expert Q&A
  • Judges for year's presentations to be announced
  • Prizes awarded in five categories:
    • Four (4) $600 “Best of” Awards:
      • Best Pitch (verbal and visual)
      • Most Launch Ready (working prototypes, preliminary sales)
      • Most Sustainable (environmental and/or social)
      • Most Innovative Technology (software and/or hardware)
    • One (1) $600 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the UVM's Entrepreneurship club!
    • One (1) $1,200 Grand Prize

How to Enter

  • Prepare a “7-minute” slide deck which outlines:
    • Unique value created, industry & competitor analysis, key customers & stakeholders, operational model, financial plan, and growth potential.                                       
  • Submit a “draft” slide deck for consideration to your college/school’s coordinator by Thursday April 4, 2024 by 4 p.m. 
    • GSB (Erik Monsen), RSENR (Dave Kaufman), CALS (Trisha Shrum), CEMS (Dustin Rand), CAS (Kelley Di Dio), & others (Erik Monsen)
  • If you are interested and have clarifying questions, contact your college/school’s local coordinator, or email Dr. Erik Monsen.

Competition and Judging Guidelines

The 2024 UVM Business Pitch Competition judges are:

  • Lauren Bass SI-MBA '20, Executive Director of LaunchVT
  • Sarah Kearns, Business Advisor of Strategic Projects at Vermont Small Business Development Center
  • Nicole Eaton ‘23, Marketing & Communications Manager at Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
  • Bob Phillips, Grossman School of Business Executive in Residence & Retired Unilever Director
  • Hannah Deene Wood '95, Founder & Executive Director, Talent Skatepark

View to the 2023 Business Pitch Guidelines for reference. Stay tuned for the 2024 guidelines.

2023 Event Sponsors

Thank you to Our Sponsors

Thanks to the Grossman School of Business, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources - Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Community Development & Applied Economics Department, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences - Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Arts & Sciences - School of the Arts, and UVM’s Office of the Vice President of Research for sponsoring and supporting this annual event.

Additional thanks go out to our alumni sponsors, including David Aronoff ’86 and Jodi Goldstein '89, whose generous endowments provide ongoing funding for this competition, as well as Richard Bass ‘66, whose personal gift is making this year’s competition extra special.

An extra special thanks also go out to our local community sponsors, who play a very important role in supporting start-ups and the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Burlington and across Vermont.  

Moulton Law Group
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Gallagher, Flynn & Company
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Fuse Marketing
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