Comcast
Pitch Deck Competition

Hosted by the UNM Innovation Academy and STC.UNM

The Comcast Pitch Deck Competition is an early-stage pitch competition bringing together university entrepreneurs from all over New Mexico for chance to win approximately $20,000 in cash prizes for promising business models.

Hosted by the UNM Innovation Academy and STC.UNM, the competition seeks early-stage business models that demonstrate a market-tested ability to adapt to customers’ needs. It is open to teams led by one or more students enrolled in a New Mexico college or university.

The Comcast Pitch Deck Competition is an experiential learning opportunity for would-be student entrepreneurs who are contemplating, starting, or operating an early stage venture, and who are looking to improve their pitching skills, with the potential to earn seed funding for their business model.

No business plan required for this competition.

You just need 15 or fewer slides to compete, along with a great idea!

Students register for the competition by submitting a video and preliminary pitch deck by November 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm for review by a team of judges. Five finalists* will be selected to present live on December 2, 2019 to a panel of judges. The cash prizes are: winning team, $10,000, second place team, $5,000, and third place, $2,500 and 2 finalists, $1,000 each.

*Finalists will have access to and are required to use resources to help prepare for the Finals including pitch coaching.

Join us Thursday, October 3, 2019, 4pm-5:30pm at the Lobo Rainforest Building for a seminar on "How to Write, Practice, and Record Your Pitch," by Bill Szaroletta. Click here to Register.

Apply Here!

Students register for the competition by submitting a video and preliminary pitch deck by November 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm for review by a team of judges. Download the slide deck template here.

Apply Here

Join us at the Finals!

Family, Friends and supporters are invited to attend the final rounds at the Lobo Rainforest Building to hear the five finalists pitch to investor judges!

December 2, 2019 5:30pm | Lobo Rainforest Building

Registration available at ComcastPitch.Eventbrite.Com.

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GUIDELINES

 Who Qualifies?

The Comcast Pitch Deck Competition is open to university students in the state of New Mexico with a thought-out business idea.

Student Team – Competing teams should consist of at least one and no more than three college students who are enrolled part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours) or full-time in a semester during the competition year.

Prior Activity – Students may compete in the competition multiple times provided they have not been chosen as finalists in previous iA/STC pitch deck competitions.

Why enter the contest?

  • Cash prizes
  • Learn how to effectively plan a business model
  • Learn how to attract investors
  • Network with successful entrepreneurs

Submission Criteria for First Round

Record a 5 minute video of a student or team of students delivering a pitch deck for your business model or idea. Videos should capture student(s) delivering the pitch to the camera. Please be sure to record the video in a reasonably quiet environment to make it easier for the judges to hear and understand. Avoid recording outdoors or in loud hallways. The 5 minute video file and preliminary pitch deck file must be submitted with the application.

Final Round

Finalists will present a 10 minute pitch deck with 5 additional minutes of question and answer in front of a panel of judges on December 2, 2019, 5:30pm at the Lobo Rainforest Building. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges.  All finalists will receive a cash prize.

The competition is open to university students enrolled in the Fall 2019 semester. 

Judging is based on:

  • Presentation Skills
    • Delivery (voice, eye contact, etc.)
    • Slides/handout (if applicable)
  • Content (connected the dots, etc.)
    • Product and/or service
    • Problem they solve
    • Target market, ideal customer
    • Competitors
    • Price, costs, profit
    • Marketing strategy
    • Investment, use of funds
    • What’s the deal
  • Overall presentation
    • Persuasive, convincing
    • Connected the dots
    • Creativity

 Pitch Time:

Finalists who move onto the Final Round will be allowed a maximum of 10 minutes for their presentation.

Terms:

  • The decisions of the judges are final.
  • All federal, state and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winners.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
  • By entering in the competition, the contestants give permission to STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico, the UNM Innovation Academy and Innovate New Mexico to use the names of the winners and their project for publicity and/or trade purposes without further compensation unless prohibited by law. Contestants grant permission to STC.UNM and the University(ies) to record and publicize their oral and written presentations, in whole or in part.  All submitted materials become the property of the STC.UNM and the University and will not be returned to the contestants.
  • Contestants and any business entities associated with them release and discharge STC.UNM, The University of New Mexico, the UNM Innovation Academy and Innovate New Mexico, the judges, and prize sponsors, from any and all liability associated with participating in the Comcast Pitch Deck Competition and with the start-up and operation of any businesses described in the business plans.
  • Contestants should not present any information to the judges, orally or in writing, which they deem to be confidential, proprietary, or commercially sensitive. Information presented will not be kept secret.
  • Contestants cannot submit an idea that the contestant(s) presented at a past Comcast Pitch Deck Competition if selected as finalist and presented in the final round.
  • STC.UNM may need to limit the number of presenters due to space and time. STC.UNM reserves the right to select First Round presenters.
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