The 8th Annual UVM Business Pitch Competition

UVM students who have innovative & impactful plans to start and grow either a business or a mission-driven organization are invited to apply!

In order to enter and be considered:

  • Prepare an “7-minute” slide deck which outlines
    • Unique value created, industry & competitor analysis, key customers & stakeholders, operational model, financial plan, and growth potential.                                       
  • 3pm Tuesday April 16 - submit slide deck to your college/school’s coordinator for consideration:
    • GSB (Erik Monsen), RESNR (Dave Kaufman), CALS (Trisha Shrum), CEMS (Dustin Rand), others (Erik Monsen)

The selected finalists will compete:

  • 4:30pm to 7:30pm Thursday April 25th in the Keller Room in Ifshin Hall
  • 7 minutes pitch followed by 5 minutes expert Q&A
  • Finalists pitch business plans to panel of outside experts including experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and entrepreneurial advisors.
    • Sarah Kearns (Advisor, Vermont Small Business Development Center)
    • Eli Moulton (Founder/Managing Member, The Moulton Law Group)
    • Sam Cutting ‘80 (President/Owner, Dakin Farm)
    • Paul Goodman '76 (President, Silver Sun Foundation)
    • Tripp Blair ‘76 (President, RM Blair & Associates LLC)
    • Glenn Gottfried ‘77 (Principal/Co-Founder, South Branch Capital Partners, LLC)
  • Substantial cash prizes to be awarded in five categories:
    • 4 “Best of” Awards: Best Pitching Skills ($600), Most Innovative Product/Service ($600), Best Business Model ($600), and People’s Choice ($600)
    • One Grand Prize ($1800)

Competition and Judging Guidelines can be downloaded at:

If are interested and have clarifying questions, contact your college/school’s local coordinator, or email Dr. Erik Monsen.

Thanks to the Grossman School of Business, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences / Community Development & Applied Economics Department, and College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences / Mechanical Engineering Department for sponsoring and supporting this annual event.

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

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