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The Big Pitch

The Big Pitch is a new, district-wide business pitch competition that connects entrepreneurial efforts throughout all Maricopa County Community Colleges. This program was developed by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) to give students the knowledge and resources necessary to launch their own student-lead business.

Student entrepreneurs who have been nominated to attend CEI’s week-long business accelerator will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea at the end of the week.

The winner of The Big Pitch will receive funding, coaching, and business services to help them launch their business!



When you're ready to hit the market with an innovative new product, you’ll undoubtedly need smart design. But where do you begin?

Whether you need help with product design, pointers on prototyping, or advice on software development, Design Days at CEI is the perfect place to start. Once a month, we bring leading experts and engineers in to help start-ups, individuals, and entrepreneurs throughout the community design and refine their product.


Mastermind Learning Series

The Mastermind Learning Series is a program developed to give new business leaders the skills needed to create a successful company. These four intensive courses offer entrepreneurs an opportunity to connect with their peers in a comfortable, open environment and learn important business concepts at an accelerated pace. By integrating the powerful Mastermind approach into each session, students become a part of a unique learning community that supports personal growth and provides accountability to solve their companies’ real problems.


Student Internships

The CEI internship program provides students with the opportunity to work closely alongside innovative entrepreneurs and gain practical, hands-on experience in a related discipline. From exploring the world of medical devices to engaging in competitive intelligence for startups, CEI is the place to advance your academic learning and ultimately your professional development.