African American Author's Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair

Independent Book Authors in the Metropolitan Area

The Big Pitch

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016

Big Pitch Registration Form

The goal of a pitch is to give you an opportunity to tell your story.  It’s intended to get the attention of your audience.  Be compelling, be grounded, and provide information about your business that causes the judges to want to learn more.  You need to spark interest, be credible, and be passionate about your idea.

Entry Requirement:

Must be an undergraduate college student attending a college or university in the state of Maryland.

There will be 10 college students businesses being pitched on competition day. The top three selections will win $500.00 each to jump-start their entrepreneurial, innovative and marketable business ideas.

Competition Day:

  • The competition is intended for new venture formations, start-ups and early growth stage businesses
  • You will have 5 minutes to give your best pitch to a panel of judges.
  • You will pitch a new and original business idea as if you are seeking funding.
  • The business idea can be theoretical or a real business idea that you intend to pursue. Please do not pitch businesses that are illegal, unethical or generally immoral.
  • The business plan pitch must represent original work of the student(s) entering the competition.
  • Presentations and props/prototypes can be used
  • Outline of presentation must be submitted via video or document to the judges prior to your presentation. All video submission should be no long than 90 seconds in length and documents no more than 3 pages in length.
  • You will be judged on (1) Presentation (2) potential commercial impact (3) Innovativeness  
  • Dress to Impress
  • Students who are unable to attend the competition will forego their placement in the competition and their prize(s). Attendance at the competition is a requirement for receiving monetary awards.
  • The winning students who receive monetary awards will be required to complete IRS tax forms and are responsible for the tax implications of prizes.

What should you include in your presentation?

  • Make strong short and powerful sentences. Eliminate unnecessary words
  • What is your business name?
  • What problem are you solving and who has this problem?
  • Who is your target audience?
  • Describe your competitors
  • Why is your solution better than others that are available?
  • How will you make money and/or fund your company?
  • Memorize key points and practice

All submission must be submitted to If you should have any questions please contact Pat Harris or Roger Harris at or 443-421-2070

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016

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