Pitch Dingman Competition
Twice annually, students can compete for $3,500 in start-up funding at the Pitch Dingman Competition. Five finalists will pitch to a panel of all-star judges including regional entrepreneurs and members of the Smith School community. Interested in competing? Start with an Innovation Fridays session to discuss your business idea.
2013-14 Competition Dates
- November 21, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- May 1, 2014
Terp Marketplace, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Outside of Frank AuditoriumPitch Dingman, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Frank Auditorium
- First Place: $2,000
- Second Place: $1,000
- Audience Choice: $500
Preparing Your Presentation
For the Pitch Dingman Competition, your pitch should be a six-minute presentation providing a brief overview of your business idea. It is meant to help you—as an entrepreneur—to practice and hone your ability to verbalize and sell the idea to early stage investors such as friends and family, angel investors and venture capital firms. The key is to share your passion and enthusiasm for your idea.
Topics to include in your pitch are:
1. What problem are you trying to solve?
2. How big is your problem? Talk about addressable market size.
3. What is your solution to the problem? What is the value proposition for the customer?
4. Who are your competitors and why is your solution better?
5. How will you make money? What are your revenue stream(s)? Marketing and distribution strategy?
6. Management team—who? What backgrounds and experiences do they bring?
7. Use of funds—how will you use the $3,500 prize money should you win the competition?
Keep in mind that every business is unique and so should be your presentation. Please practice your presentation several times.