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Northwest Missouri State University

Pitch Competition (Photo by University Photography)
Pitch Competition (Photo by University Photography)
Pitch Competition (Photo by University Photography)
Pitch Competition (Photo by University Photography)

2016 New Venture Pitch Competition
April 15, 2016

College students, high school students and members of the community interested in presenting their business ideas in a competitive setting are invited to register for the fourth annual New Venture Pitch Competition at Northwest Missouri State University.

The deadline to enter is Friday, March 11. The competition will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in J.W. Jones Student Union at Northwest. There is no entry fee and a meal will be provided during a lunch session that will feature keynote speaker and Northwest alumnus Annie Brock.

The event provides students and entrepreneurs the opportunity to present ideas to professionals, small business owners and potential investors. It also gives students the chance to network with business professionals and gain presentation experience.

“The pitch competition brings together individuals from around the area to advance entrepreneurship. Many alumni and friends of Northwest volunteer their time to make the event possible,” said Dr. Ben Blackford, assistant professor of management, who annually organizes the contest. “During the competition, students gain real-world experience presenting to a variety of individuals with backgrounds similar to those who may someday be their colleagues, supervisors or customers.”

The Northwest Missouri State University New Venture Pitch Competition aims to bring together future or current entrepreneurs and small business owners to provide educational, informational, and networking opportunities. The competition is divided into three tracks: one for students of higher education institutions, one for high school students, and one for the general public.

Now accepting entries through March 11

For more information or to submit a plan for the competition


For additional information please contact:

Ben Blackford, Ph.D.
School of Business
2660 Colden Hall
Phone: 660.562.1282