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

March 9 - 13, 2020


Are you a student entrepreneur who is ready to launch their dream business? Apply to The Big Pitch for a chance to compete in our Spring Break accelerator and pitch competition!

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Do you have what it takes to be the next Big Pitch winner? Apply to the program before January 31, 2020!


“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. 

The Big Pitch is a week-long student startup accelerator that takes place over Spring Break at The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. This incredible week of fast-paced education will culminate with a high-stakes pitch competition and you're invited to come cheer them on! Join us in watching 10 of Maricopa's best and brightest students pitch their business idea for a chance to win over $20K in cash and prizes on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.


What Participants get from the Program 

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Business Pitch

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.


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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Meet the 2019 Big Pitch Winner


Wilson Okwuobu

Wilson Okwuobu, Scottsdale Community College student and founder of Convey Concierge, took home the grand prize of $20,000 in cash and in-kind services from APS, Perkins Coie, Woods Oviatt Gillman, and the Arizona Founders Fund. He will also be joining CEI’s business incubator program. Wilson’s business was inspired by his grandmother, who asks him to take her vehicle to get serviced whenever maintenance is needed. He realized that many others struggle to find the time to take their cars to get serviced, and came up with a way to bring cars to and from repair centers so car owners can avoid this inconvenience.


The Big Pitch was great. From the first day, I felt very welcome. The CEI team had a really good balance and their dynamic really worked well for me.
— Wilson Okwuobu


Do you want to help our next winner?

We’re looking for talented students, educators and community members who are interested in providing business services to the next Big Pitch winner. We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to donate your skills, become a program sponsor, or be added to our referral list!