Where startups become businesses and business leaders go to grow.
 
 
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A Maricopa Community College Student Startup Challenge

March 11 - 15, 2019

 
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Do you have what it takes to be the next Big Pitch winner? Then apply to the program before February 22, 2019!

Click the button below to download the form and email your completed application to Amanda Mollindo at mollindo@ceigateway.com.

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“Spring Training” for the student entrepreneur

 
 

When students decide to attend Maricopa County Community College, they've taken a big step toward a brighter future. For a select group of dreamers and doers, that means turning their passion into a business. But to do so, they need the right education, environment, and resources to achieve that goal — and The Big Pitch is here to deliver. 

If you attend a Maricopa Community College and want the guidance and resources to thrive in the market, then look no further. The Big Pitch was created to teach students from all backgrounds and disciplines the skills they need to become a small business owner.

 
 

What Participants get from the Program 

 
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Business Pitch
Experience

Each participant learns how to deliver a winning pitch, getting lots of feedback along the way. As part of this year’s cohort, you’ll gain the ability to clearly and confidently share your message.

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One-on-One Mentorship

All of The Big Pitch lessons are presented by subject matter experts, giving participants the opportunity to build connections with business professionals who can offer guidance during the week.

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A Crash Course in Entrepreneurship

Participants have one week to learn about launching and running a business, so you can expect lots of fast-paced, information dense lessons based on the real-world experiences of our Subject Matter Experts.

 
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Important Dates & Deadlines
February 22, 2019 Big Pitch student application deadline
February 28, 2019 Notice of acceptance is sent to semi-finalists
March 6, 2019 Participation paperwork due
March 11 - 15, 2019 The Big Pitch accelerator week
March 20, 2019 The Big Pitch main event

Do you have what it takes to be the next Big Pitch winner? Then apply to the program before February 22, 2019!

Click the button below to download the form and email your completed application to Amanda Mollindo at mollindo@ceigateway.com.

 
 

Meet Last Year’s Winner

Estrella Mountain Community College student and owner of Kustom Tyres and Supplies (KT&S), Ronnie Ruiz, won the inaugural Big Pitch Competition. Kustom Tyres and Supplies converts black-wall tires into custom white or colored sidewalls. They offer a variety of different colors, sizes, and patterns that can be applied to any vehicle, motorcycle, or bike tire.

 

 
I never thought I’d do any type of pitch for my business, but I had the opportunity to be here, so I took advantage of it. There’s a lot to learn, especially if you want to go big.
— Ronnie Ruiz
 

 
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Are You a Good Fit for The Big Pitch?

 

We’re looking for at least one highly motivated student (or student team) from each Maricopa Community College. In order to be accepted into The Big Pitch program, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

 
  • You must be enrolled in at least 3 credits at any of the Maricopa County Community Colleges during Spring 2019.

  • You have a basic business plan for your idea OR you’ve recently launched your business and you’re looking guidance and support to help it grow.

  • You are serious about getting your business up and running by 2020 (if it’s not at that point already).

  • You are able to obtain an endorsement or recommendation from a faculty member at the community college you attend.

 

Think you have what it takes? Click here to look at the application and email your application to Amanda Mollindo at mollindo@ceigateway.com by February 22, 2019!

 
 
 

Have Questions?

Whether you’re a student who needs help with the application, or a community member who would like to get involved, please fill out the form below to share your questions with us. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can, or connect you with a faculty contact if you need more hands-on support.

 
 
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