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QC PITCH COMPETITION

The QC Pitch Competition is organized by the Queens College Blackstone LaunchPad every spring.

It is an advanced pitch competition.

Award:  Winners $10,000

                2nd           $4,000

                3rd           $2,000

 

In this pitch competition, it is recommended to create teams of 3 to 5 students.

The competition is organized in two rounds

  • In the first round, teams have a mentor to help them to provide a four parts deck, separated in different weeks.
  • Three teams will be selected for the second round. They will have additional mentors. For three weeks they will have to provide a more advanced deck.

 

Introduction

1/ Applicants must be a current student (undergraduate or graduate-level)

1/ Contact Luc Marest to enroll: luc.marest@qc.cuny.edu

2/ You have the opportunity to contact Luc Marest, Campus Director of QC Blackstone LaunchPad and Lecturer at the Economics Department and talk about your project.

3/ Become a user of Startup Tree, the platform Blackstone is using: go to Feed | CUNY Queens College (startuptree.co) and you can sign up at the top right.

4/ For students who does not have a team, contact Luc Marest. We will organize sessions in which students can meet to create teams, in-person and virtual. 

5/ An info session is organized in which students can ask questions.

Round 1

Phase 1

Pitch Deck part 1: Problem and solution: State the problem or opportunity in a market. Provide the solution: the product with its design or service

Judges will determine the quality of the work and grade

Phase 2

Pitch Deck part 2: Customer Discovery: Show traction with numbers and graphs

Judges will determine the quality of the work and grade.

Phase 3

Pitch Deck part 3: Competitive Advantage: What set you apart from competitors?

Judges will determine the quality of the work and grade.

Phase 4

Pitch Deck part 4: Business Model: How do you make money with this business?

Judges will determine the quality of the work and grade.

Round 2

At the end of these four phases, the three best teams will be selected for the second round.

1/ They will have to provide a complete deck similar to the four parts they worked on but more advanced.

2/ They will have to provide a 5-minute video.

3/ There will be a presentation online or in-person

4/ Winners will be declared