2023 Greater Boston
Youth Pitch Competition

Brought to you by BUILD.org

2023 Greater Boston
Youth Pitch Competition

Brought to you by BUILD.org

Compete for prizes and win the
Youth Entrepreneurship Competition title!
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Help Your Youth Become The CEO Of Their Own Lives

BUILD.org is excited to announce our 2023 Greater Boston Youth Pitch Competition! This youth entrepreneurship competition furthers the BUILD mission to arm our youth with real world experiences and skills. Students will be led through the human-centered design process to create and pitch their own business idea. Additionally, they'll compete for cash prizes and a partner stipend. This competition will have teams from schools or community organizations across Greater Boston experience BUILD’s Design Challenge.

Students dive into videos to meet people like them dealing with problems in their communities

Students pick their client and define their biggest problem

Imagine a unique product, service or initiative

Build models of their solution to share with others

Show their proposed solutions to people and get feedback

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition Timeline & Details

January 2023

Complete 10 Hour Design Challenge

Feburary 24

Video Submission Deadline

March 3

Final Teams Selected

April 5

Final Teams Pitch to Panel of Live Judges

Teams of 2-6 students will:

Empathize and identify a problem in their school or community

Develop a Business Idea to help solve a problem

Practice their pitches and create a 2-3 minute video pitch submission

Top teams will pitch their idea live to a panel of judges in the final round to win cash prizes

Teams of 2-6 students will:

Empathize and identify a problem in their school or community

Develop a Business Idea to help solve their community

Practice their pitches and create a 2-3 minute video pitch submission

Top teams will pitch their idea live to a panel of judges in the final round to win cash prizes

Educator Benefits & Prizes

BUILD Educator Swag for Participation

Free 90 Minute Professional Development Training on Design Thinking

Free 10-hour Curriculum on Human-Centered Design

Interactive & digitized learning platform

Competition Awards

$5000 in Cash Prizes to be awarded to top business teams

$500 DonorsChoose Classroom Rewards Gift Cards for the first 30 educators

Organization pride and the Winning title of Greater Boston's Youth Pitch Competition Champion

Presentation Guidelines



The idea directly addresses the problem in the team's POV statement.

The student's idea is innovative and offers a unique premise. 

There is a need for this idea in the real world.


The team has a clear example of their idea and explanation of how their product, service, or campaign works by using a prototype (storyboard). 

The team offered a clear explanation of how their idea might work through a demonstration, video, or a corresponding method. 


The presentation had a clear introduction and closing. It follows the presentation guidelines and tips. 

Visuals were displayed to show the team's notes/and or prototype. Images and text formatting is clear, neat, and effort is evident. 

All team members participated in the presentation.

Clear voice projection was used.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the BUILD Design Challenge?

It takes about 10 hours to complete the BDC curriculum. For the Greater Boston Youth Pitch Competition, it can be completed over a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

Who can participate in the competition?

Youth from any school or CBO in the Greater Boston region can participate in the Design Challenge! Teams are 2-6 students in size and there is no limit to how many teams can participate from a given school or CBO. There are 3 divisions for this competition - 1st Division (11th & 12th Grade), 2nd Division (9th & 10th Grade), and 3rd Division (7th & 8th Grade).

Who delivers the BDC curriculum?

Any educator or program staff that already works with the students at the school or CBO. This adult must complete a 90-minute training with BUILD staff to access the curriculum.

What does student participation look like?

Each lesson involves students completing activities related to the 5-Step design thinking process: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test. After completing all five steps, student teams submit a 2-3 minute video pitch for their business idea. Each video will be assessed by judges using a scoring rubric. The top teams will be selected to pitch at an in-person event with a live panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes!

When does the youth pitch competition begin and end?

The Greater Boston Youth Pitch Competition kicks off on Monday, January 9th and the final pitch competition event will be held on Thursday, March 23rd.

How do I register?

Register for the info session at this link! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greater-boston-youth-pitch-competition-info-session-tickets-439919309497

Interested but not sure you can attend the info session? Enter your email at the top of this page!

What is the cost?

There is no fee to participate in this competition! Funding is provided by BUILD’s generous philanthropic supporters.

What is DonorsChoose?

DonorsChoose is a national nonprofit that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects. The first 30 educators who sign up, get trained, and complete the challenge with students will earn a $500 gift card!

want to talk with us?

Thinking of participating and have questions or would like to learn more information from a BUILD staff member?

Please email Lenworth Williamson LWilliamson@BUILD.org

Presentation & Slide Preparation

Each business team should submit a 2-4 minute video of their business pitch.
On the video submission form, students should submit a video and the accompanying slide deck

1. Introduction – Greet the audience and introduce yourselves

2. Empathize: Meet our client – Introduce your client and describe their characteristics

3. Define: Point of View (POV) statement – State your POV problem statement (what problem or need you are trying to address with your idea)

4. Ideate: Our idea – State your team’s product/service/campaign idea that aims to help your client

5. Prototype - Your prototype is an example of your product/service/campaign. It can be a skit, storyboard, or physical model. Show a picture of your idea prototype, act it out, or show it for the camera! Explain how your product/service works, or explain how you will launch and run your campaign

6. Closing – Thank everyone for their time



1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

Follow positioning format Above

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