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

March 20, 2019 | 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Join us at the Maricopa Community College District Office to watch the top 10 students compete!

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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. 

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 20, 2019 at the Maricopa Community Colleges District Office.

The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize from our premiere sponsor, APS, and in-kind business services from Woods Oviatt Gilman, Perkins Coie, and the Arizona Founders Fund.


Our Generous Sponsors


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 2018 Big Pitch Winner

Ronnie Ruiz

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