ABOUT The Pitch Contest


The Entrepreneurial Leader

An entrepreneurial leader is a driver of innovation. Entrepreneurial leaders add value to ideas that transform communities, improve systems, and create products or services that change the way we interact with our world and with each other. Their impact can be intellectual, cultural, social or financial. They come from a wide variety of professional sectors and a range of academic disciplines.

The Idea

The Pitch is an entrepreneurial leadership contest that will help one student bring his or her big idea to life. Students interested in participating in The Pitch will be supported at every stage of the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation to implementation. The winner will receive up to $10,000 toward transforming their idea into reality.

The Challenge

Submit a proposal, following the guidelines presented on the application. If selected as a semi-finalist, you will be paired with a mentor with entrepreneurial experience to help strengthen your proposal. After a round of revision, the semi-finalists will be narrowed to five finalists who will participate in The Pitch for a chance to win up to $10,000. First round proposals are due by noon on November 8, 2021.

The Event

Five finalists will pitch their ideas from the Seneca Room to a virtual HWS audience and panel of alumni judges. One winner will be selected to receive $10,000 towards their idea that night. This year's event will be March 3, 2022 at 7 p.m.

The Pitch 2021 Video:


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