Maine College Student Business Pitch Competition

Greenlight Maine

2022-2023 Greenlight Maine Collegiate Business Pitch Competition

Greenlight Maine is delighted to announce that it will once again host its Collegiate Business Pitch Competition for the 2022-2023 season.

This year’s program will once again be run remotely and on the ZOOM platform. As such, the initial vetting presentations that students will participate in will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022 starting at 1:00 PM.

Participating students must:

  • Apply by October 28th by emailing haibicoor@thomas.edu to state your intent to participate in the competition. Include in your email: names of the participants, your company name/brand, and your college/university.
  • By November 10th, create and email your “3 min. Business Pitch” PowerPoint presentation (haibicoord@thomas.edu) for feedback, which you will deliver on ZOOM (on November 19th) to a panel of judges.
  • On November 19th, 1PM-5PM, each participating student/team will be assigned a specific time slot on within which they will make their PowerPoint presentation on ZOOM.
    • Embedded video or animation is not allowed
    • A PowerPoint may be up to, but not to exceed, 4 slides. Each slide can be a single image or have no more than 5 single line Bullet points.
    • Student entrepreneurs will be fully responsible for setting up their own PowerPoint presentation when their presentation time arrives. Neither Greenlight Maine staff nor their designees will be responsible for ensuring that an entrepreneur’s PowerPoint presentation is set up properly or that it successfully interacts with the Zoom platform.

See the FAQs below or contact us via email (haibicoor@thomas.edu) or phone 207-859-1151 for more information.

Televised Pitch Competition

This televised competition will be among the best chosen from the initial pitch off held November 19, 2022.

It is envisioned that the televised competition will be taped live in studio and in-person this year and will conform to all of the same rules set forth for the initial pitch-off.

It will take place on the ZOOM platform during the first full second week in January 2023.

All pitches will again be 3 minutes with a 3-to-4 minute Q&A. This is for the televised show only. Once the televised segment has been filmed, all presenters will get 10 minutes off camera to take a deeper dive into their business with the judges.

Presentation times will be allotted and, at this point, schools and presenters will be identified.

From this round, 3 finalists will be chosen.

The Grand Finale

The grand finale of the collegiate series will be recorded in April and air in May or June of 2023. The three finalists will vie for the chance to win first ($10,000), second ($7,500) and third place prizes ($5,000) in cash and the possibility of other services and benefits.

The pitching format will remain the same as the elimination round.

We look forward to everyone’s participation and good luck!

This event will be televised statewide on Maine Public Television, live streamed on Facebook, available on demand and on YouTube.

Over the course of Greenlight Maine over $25 million dollars have been invested in companies that have appeared on the series.

All past episodes are available on YouTube at Greenlight Maine.

For further information or questions regarding these instructions, please feel free to contact Mike Duguay at 207-859-1151 or Michael.duguay@thomas.edu.

FAQs

All prior participants that did not advance to the finale in past programs are eligible to pitch again.

All participants will be identified by number only-no names or college affiliations.

Each contestant/s will have 3 minutes to pitch followed by a 5-minute Q&A.

For this elimination round as many as 3 individuals from each company will be allowed to pitch. However, in the televised competition only 2 will be allowed.

The judges will score on a numerical system from 1 to 10 in each of the 5 following criteria;; Feasibility 20%- Innovation 20%-Scalability 20%-Overall quality of business idea 20%-Ability to grow business in Maine -20%.

All judges will have no affiliation with any Maine college.

Contact

MacKenzie Abernethy CIE Events and Professional Services Coordinator haibicoor@thomas.edu 207-859-1159