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2023 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition

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Calling all educators serving middle school and high school youth in the Southwestern PA area for an entrepreneurial competition

Calling all educators serving middle school and high school youth in the Southwestern PA area for an entrepreneurial competition.

Compete for prizes and win the Youth Entrepreneurship Competition title! Show your Pittsburgh Pride!

Compete for prizes and win the
Youth Entrepreneurship Competition title!
Show your Pittsburgh Pride!

Engage Your Youth In Interactive Project-Based Learning

Receive Free Training & 10 Hour Project-Based Curriculum

Help Your Youth Become The CEO Of Their Own Lives

BUILD.org is excited to announce our 2023 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition! Youth business teams from schools and community based organizations across Greater Pittsburgh will compete in BUILD’s Design Challenge to create a product, service, or campaign to support a thriving community. This entrepreneurship competition highlights BUILD's mission to arm youth with real world experiences and skills. Each youth team will create a pitch, alongside an educator sponsor, and submit a video to enter the competition. On April 20th, the top 4 youth pitches will compete LIVE in front of a panel of judges at BUILDFest for nearly $10,000 in prizes for youth and educators!

Engage Your Youth In Interactive Project-Based Learning

Receive Free Training & 10 Hour Project-Based Curriculum

Help Your Youth Become The CEO Of Their Own Lives

BUILD.org is excited to announce our 2023 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition! Youth business teams from schools and community based organizations across Greater Pittsburgh will compete in BUILD’s Design Challenge to create a product, service, or campaign to support a thriving community. This entrepreneurship competition highlights BUILD's mission to arm youth with real world experiences and skills. Each youth team will create a pitch, alongside an educator sponsor, and submit a video to enter the competition. On April 20th, the top 4 youth pitches will compete LIVE in front of a panel of judges at BUILDFest for nearly $10,000 in prizes for youth and educators!

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition Timeline & Details

January - March

Complete 10 Hour Design Challenge

March 15th

Video Pitch Submission Deadline

March 28th & 29th

Top 10 Teams Compete with Live Virtual Pitches

March 31st

Top 4 Finalist Teams Selected

April 20th

Finalist Teams Pitch to Panel of Live Judges

Teams of 2-6 will complete the BUILD Design Challenge by:

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

Educator Benefits & Prizes

$500 in DonorsChoose Gift Cards for the first 30 Educators to complete the Challenge

$500 in DonorsChoose Gift Cards for the first 30 Educators to complete the Challenge

Free 60 Minute - Professional Development Training on Design Thinking

Free 90 Minute Professional Development Training on Design Thinking

Free 10+ hours of Curriculum on Human Centered Design

Free 10+ hours of Curriculum on Human Centered Design

Interactive & digitized learning platform

Interactive & digitized learning platform

Competition Awards

Selection of BUILD Swag for Top 4 Teams & Educators

Cash Prizes for Top 4 Youth Teams

1st place=$1,500

2nd place=$1,000

3rd place=$750

4th place=$750

Stipends for Top 4 Educator Sponsors

1st place=$1,000

2nd place=$750

3rd place=$500

4th place=$500

Organization Pride and the Winning title of Southwestern PA's Youth Pitch Competition Champion

Build Swag for Top 4 Teams & Educators

Cash Prizes for Top 4 Youth Teams

1st place=$1,500

2nd place=$1,000

3rd place=$750

4th place=$750

Stipends for Educator Sponsors

1st place=$1,000

2nd place=$750

3rd place=$500

4th place=$500

Organization pride and the Winning title of Southwestern PA's Citywide Youth Pitch Competition Champion

Presentation Guidelines

RUBRIC

JUDGING CRITERIA

All criteria are judged on a scale of 1 (room to improve) to 4 (exceeding expectations).

IDEA

  • - The idea directly addresses the problem in the team's POV statement.
  • - The youth's idea is innovative and offers a unique premise. 
  • - There is a need for this idea in the real world.

PROTOTYPE

  • - The team has a clear example of their idea and an 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. 

PRESENTATION

  • - 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.  

FAQ

What class can the Design Challenge be implemented in?

The Design Challenge can be implemented in all settings with teens. Educators across the country have delivered the Design Challenge in academic courses, CTE classes, enrichment programs, and at Community-Based Organizations and nonprofits (Ex. Boys & Girls Club). The challenge takes about 10 hours to implement. It can be incorporated as a project-based learning unit to help youths learn empathy and practice designing solutions for communities.

What are the due dates for the challenge?

All competition video submissions are due by end of the day of March 15th. 

Where should I submit my teen’s video?

Competition video submissions should be submitted at this link. The submission form asks for the following:

  1. Name and emails of the youths that make up the business team
  2. The name of the business
  3. The school or organization the youths represent
  4. The educator’s name and contact information
  5. A shareable link to the video
  6. A shareable link to an accompanying powerpoint or slide deck
  7. Confirmation of completed Educator and Youth Reflection Forms

How long does it take to progress through the Challenge?

It takes about 10 hours to progress through all 5 stages of the design challenge and to prepare the pitch.

When will the final teams be filmed?

The final 4 teams will meet during the school day on Thursday, April 20th, between 9am-2pm to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges. 

What happens after we submit our video pitch?

You will be informed on Friday, March 17th if your team will advance to the next round! If yes, teams should be prepared to deliver their pitch live on Zoom to a panel of judges on either Tuesday March 28th or Wednesday March 29th. The top 4 teams from this round will move on to the finals on April 20th, 2023.

Thank You To Our Partners

Thank You To Our Partners

Watch last year's competition!

Watch last year's competition!

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 Emily Donato at EDonato@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

VIDEO PREPARATION GUIDELINES

HOW TO RECORD

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

PRESENTATION TIPS.

- 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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