EWU’s Center for Entrepreneurship Presents:
Eagle’s Nest Pitch Contest, $5,000 in Total Prizes!!
Q1: What is the EWU Eagle’s Nest Pitch Competition?
A1: The Eagle’s Nest Pitch Contest is an entrepreneurial pitch competition that allows students to develop and receive feedback on ideas for new businesses or service organizations. The competition proceeds from qualifying rounds (basic elevator pitch) to the annual Eagle’s Nest Pitch Finals (formal pitch to a panel of judges). Currently, $5000 in prize money is distributed throughout the competition. This will go up to $7500 beginning with the 2019-20 competition.
Q2: Who is putting on the EWU Eagle’s Nest Pitch Contest?
A2: The EWU Center for Entrepreneurship.
Q3: Who is the audience?
A3: In the qualifying rounds, competitors have the chance to pitch their ideas to numerous experts drawn from our local region. These include entrepreneurs, investors, bankers, lawyers, members of higher education, etc. The idea is to get diverse feedback on the idea.
Q4: Are these business leaders in the community?
Q5: What is the pitch about?
A5: Competitors pitch their ideas for new businesses or service organizations (see https://inside.ewu.edu/entrepreneurship/).
Q6: What are the rules and where can I find them?
A6: The rules for participation are simple and easy to follow and can be found under Students>$5000 Pitch Contest>Rules & Scoring (see https://inside.ewu.edu/entrepreneurship/students/5000-pitch-contest/rules-scoring/). The synopsis is as follows:
- Team size ranges from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 4 competitors.
- All competitors must have attended EWU at some point in time during the academic year of the pitch contest.
- The innovative idea, concept, product, service, process, or business being pitched must be the sole and original work and/or intellectual property of its team members.
- Application to the contest must be completed and submitted prior to the Center for Entrepreneurship by the appropriate deadline.
- During the 1st and 2nd Qualifying Round Events held in the fall and winter quarters, respectively, team members must obtain at least five (5) judge’s feedback scores in order to enter the competition, with the Top-5 feedback card scores counting towards the final scoring average.
- Out of each of the two (2) Qualifying Rounds, the Top-6 new qualifiers advance to the semifinal round. Of those, eight will advance to the finals. All finalists receive cash prizes.