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Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community are invited to attend an energized virtual pitch competition. The Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition is a tribute to the late Professor of Practice Bob Mark within the College of Business. This legacy event recognizes student entrepreneurial spirit. While we will miss meeting in person, we are excited about the opportunity to host this event during Innovation Week and to extend this invitation to the Michigan Tech community around the world. 


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Graduate and undergraduate students from across campus disciplines are invited to compete. When registering, contestants can choose the competition category as this year we will offer two pitch competition categories.


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Category 1: Idea Pitch

A two-minute idea pitch that presents a creative solution to a problem. Pitches will be evaluated on their uniqueness and the potential impactfulness.


Category 2: Business Model Pitch

A four-minute business model pitch which touches on the innovation technology, emphasizes product-market fit and the potential value it brings to the market. Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches.  Participants in the Business Model Pitch category are encouraged to sign up for the Business Model Boot Camp workshop on January 20, 2021


Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition include:


Idea Pitch Category

  • First Prize: $125
  • Second Prize: $75
  • Third Prize: $50
  • Social Impact Award: $100 (sponsored by Dr. Ellie Asgari - COB Gates Professor)


Business Model Category

  • First Prize: $2,000 (sponsored by Rick and Jo Berquist)
  • Second Prize: $1,000 
  • Third Prize: $500
  • Honorable Mention (2 prizes): $250 each Audience Favorite: $250
  • MTEC SmartZone Breakthrough Innovation Award: $1,000
  • Social Impact Award: $1,000 (sponsored by Dr. Ellie Asgari - COB Gates Professor)


This event is hosted by Husky Innovate, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization. Prizes will be awarded by the College of Business, the MTEC SmartZone, and Husky Innovate.  


Husky Innovate is Michigan Tech’s innovation and entrepreneurship resource hub. We host free workshops, competitions, NSF I-Corps lean startup workshops, innovation talks, internships, mentorship and the Silicon Valley Experience.



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