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Ohio Northern University to conduct Pitch and Poster Competition

Apr 4, 2011

The Ohio Northern University James F. Dicke College of Business Administration will stage a pitch and poster competition on Tuesday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m.

The competition is open to any ONU student who has a business concept. Students can compete in two different competitions: an elevator pitch or a poster competition.

Students can choose to compete in one of five categories: improvement to society, improvement in health care, improvement through technology, improvement to education and the arts, or new business creation. One winner from each category will receive $50. The overall elevator pitch winner and overall poster winner will each win $250.

Students choosing to pitch products only are also eligible for prizes. The top five product winners will win a $250 prize and have a senior design team prepare a business analysis and design prototype for each product idea. The winning contestants will be provided with $2,500 to construct a prototype, a faculty member to mentor, legal advice from law students, and chances to apply for further funding.

The prizes are made possible through the generosity of the Kern Family Foundation.

The elevator pitch is a well-thought-out and concise presentation of a new business idea or product. Presenters have 90 seconds to pitch their ideas to judges, after which they will be asked questions.

The poster competition falls between having an idea and a completed business plan. Individuals need to be prepared to ask for help with development, launching or financing issues. Participants have two minutes to impress the judges and three minutes to answer any questions.

These competitions encourage creativity, innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation of business and civic leaders while challenging the best young minds from across campus to create and share ideas for improving the world.

To register, students can email Dr. Tammy Schakett at with their name, email, phone number, product or business idea, the competition they intend to enter, and the category in which they intend to compete.