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Merrick School of Business

Details and Rules

How to Enter the Competition


If you have any questions, please email or call Johnetta Hardy or Pamela Browne at 410.837.4892

Download the flyer.

Phase I

  1. Students interested should submit their business idea in one or two paragraphs. Please submit it to, by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  2. Students who have previously participated in UB's Pitch Competition are allows to participate in this competition, but you must submit a different idea.

Guidelines for your written business idea.

  • Identify the problem your idea is solving.
  • What is your solution?
  • Who is your competition?
  • What experience do you have if any in solving the problem?
  • You must be a UB student currently enrolled for the fall 2013 semester.

To assist you in writing your winning business idea, the CEI will provide coaching by our Entrepreneurs in Residence. email or call 410.837.4892 through Monday Sept. 9 at noon.

Phase II

  1. You will be notified by Sept. 16. whether or not you are one of the eight finalists chosen to make your pitch in front of a live audience on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Business Center's auditorium.
  2. The eight finalists must receive coaching from the CEI, anytime from Sept. 17-24, by emailing or by calling 410.837.4892. to schedule an appointment.
  3. Top awards will total $1,000 ($750 for first place and $250 for second place). 

Phase III

  1. The top two student winners from the Sept. 26th Pitch Competition will go on to represent UB by pitching their idea on Friday, Sept. 27, during the Startup Maryland Bus Tour stop at UB.
  2. We are extending a special invitation to all eight finalists to attend this event which includes photo ops and more.