How long should my slide deck be?

We recommend between 10-12 slides max.

What should I include in my pitch?

Any successful pitch should have 6 components:

  1. Introduction
  2. Hook
  3. Define the problem
  4. Describe your solution
  5. Explain the business model
  6. Make the ask

For more information on each of these components, see here: http://fortune.com/2016/01/26/entrepreneur-pitch-investors-tips/

Who will the judges be?

The judges are recruited from Georgetown alumni and other local business leaders. They are a combination of entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders. Each judging panel will consist of between 3 and 6 judges. Teams will be emailed judge bios by noon of their pitch day.

What happened to the social track?

In past years, the competition was divided between social track and commercial track. This year, we have combined the two tracks. We made this change in recognition that all entrepreneurs should seek to create social value and to keep things simple.

Can I participate if one of my team members is not a Georgetown student?

At least half of the members of the team must be either undergraduate, graduate, or certificate-seeking students currently enrolled at Georgetown University. Only Georgetown students are allowed to pitch.

Do I have to use Powerpoint, or can I use some other presentation software like Prezi?

If you plan to use something other than Powerpoint, let us know at least three days in advance of your pitch and we will do our best to accommodate you.