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Important Dates

Submission Deadline: March 25, 2018

Final “LIVE” Competition: May 2, 2018

Competition Rules and Eligibility

The UB Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation's annual “Rise to the Challenge” Pitch Competition offers prize packages of cash awards and in-kind professional services. 

The competition is comprised of two categories combined into one event: 

  1. Aspiring Business Idea
  2. Existing Businesses

This competition could be just what you need to bring your unique idea to fruition or take your existing business to the next level.

Rules and Requirements

  • Open to all currently enrolled University of Baltimore students and Young Alumni (Graduated after May 2011).
  • Competition has two categories.

I.  Aspiring Business Idea

Aspiring Business Idea Eligibility:

  • Current UB student or Alumni that has graduated after May 2011.
  • An idea for a business earning revenue or/and external investment less than $5,000 (pre- revenue).
  • Previous Aspiring Business Idea winners for this competition are NOT eligible

II.  Existing Business

Existing Business Eligibility:

  • Current UB student or Alumni that has graduated on or after May 2011.
  • Business generating Revenue, or has external investment of over $5,000
  • Previous first place winners for this or the Attman competition are NOT eligible.

Individual or team entries

  • Team requirements:
  1. Max five (5) members per team
  2. Participants can join only one team
  3. Teams must be formed at time of entry
  4. Cash prizes will be equally distributed among all team members
  5. Participants can have only one entry (individual or team member)

    Submission requirements for all categories:

  1. Complete online entry application
  2. Submit a one-minute video pitch
  3. Executive summary not more than (2) two pages (Financials as Appendix accepted)
  4. All required entry materials submitted thru " Reviewr "
  • Submissions may be revised up until deadline (March 25, 2018).
  • Participants may not contact judges during the course of the competition.
  • The proposed or existing idea should, to the best of your knowledge, not be in violation of any intellectual property right.
  • Entries that do not meet the above rules and requirements will automatically be disqualified.
  • Intellectual Property:  Ideas have little value until they are developed into actual companies or have issued patents.  With that said, you should only disclose information with which you are comfortable.  At this juncture, it is not necessary to explain exactly how you do something to the point that might give away secrets. However, realize the opportunity and how you can take advantage of it.

Competition Breakdown

Time Line

February 1, 2018   Contest Opens for Submission
March 25, 2018   Submissions Deadline
March 25 - 31, 2018   1st Round Judging – Up to six (6) groups selected
April 2, 2018   Selected Finalists Announced
May 2, 2018   Final “Live” Competition

Location:  Final “Live” Competition – William H. Thumel Business Center, Auditorium

1st Round: 

  • Entrants MUST register using " Reviewr "
  • Electronic submission of:
  1. Complete entry application
  2. Submit a one-minute video pitch
  3. Executive summary not more than (2) two pages (Financials as Appendix accepted)
  • Each first round submission will be reviewed and judged according to:
  1. Identifying the target customer
  2. Understanding of competitors
  3. Market opportunities and competition
  4. Product/Service viability
  5. Business model sustainability
  6. Overall attractiveness of the opportunity

Final “Live” Round

  • On May 2, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., contestants present their business pitch in three (3) minutes or less to a panel of judges
  • Entrants who do not present in the final round will be disqualified
  • Revised executive summaries maybe submitted through Reviewr on or before April 25, 2018.
  • PowerPoint presentations must be submitted on or before April 25, 2018
  • Judges’ decisions are final.