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Golden Idea Pitch Competition


The Golden Idea Pitch Competition offers an annual opportunity for Southern Miss students from every major and school on campus to get professional feedback on their big idea and to compete for more than $2,000 in total cash prizes! 

Have a great idea for a for-profit or non-profit business? Get mentoring from successful entrepreneurs who want to see you succeed! 

You don't need a business plan. You don't need existing customers. You don't need experience. You only need an idea!

This event is sponsored by Southern Miss Business & the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education.


Golden Idea Mixer — September 28, 2021

If you have any interest in participating in the Golden Idea Pitch Competition, consider stopping by the The Powerhouse's Southern Wing Company on Tuesday, September 28th from 11:30-1:30pm for the Golden Idea Mixer! This informal event gives you the opportunity to meet and potentially team up with other creative students for the Golden Idea Pitch Competition. You will also be able to ask questions and learn more about the event. Snacks, drinks, and desserts will be provided!

Interested in participating? Check out the guidelines below.

  • All Southern Miss students from any major are encouraged to participate!
  • Students may choose to participate individually or as a team (up to 5 members).
  • At least half of a team's members must consist of currently enrolled Southern Miss students.

The following dates are extremely important and mandatory for participants. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Golden Idea Mixer  |  11:30-1:30PM
The Powerhouse Southern Wing Company

Friday, October 8, 2021
Round 1: Concept Submission Deadline  |  11:59pm

Saturday, October 16, 2021
Round 2: Informal Interview  |  11:00-1:00pm*
Southern Miss Business Tailgate
Scianna Hall, courtyard in the back of the building

Monday, October 25, 2021
Round 3: Video Pitch Deadline  |  11:59pm

Friday, November 5, 2021
Meet the Mentors
The Hatchery Innovation Lab Open House
Scianna Hall, second floor  

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Round 4: Golden Idea Pitch Competition, Live Event
Scianna Hall, McDonnell Auditorium (Room 1003) 

1st Place — $1,000
2nd Place — $500
3rd Place — $250

Remaining Top 10 Winners receive $50 each. 

Throughout the competition process, all ideas will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Problem: Have you provided clear evidence of a real, significant problem or gap in the market? 
  • People: Have you identified and clearly described the customer(s) who are affected by this Problem? 
  • Potential: Have you provided a compelling case for your idea as a potential solution? 

Round 1: Concept Submission

Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021 (11:59pm) 
SubmissionClick here to submit a basic summary of your idea.

The uniqueness of your idea is not as important as your determination to understand and successfully solve a problem! The TOP 25 teams will be selected to advance. Results will be announced Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Round 2: Informal Interview

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 from (11:00-1:00pm, come-and-go)*
Location: Scianna Hall, Courtyard in the back of the building

The TOP 25 teams will meet casually with one or more of the competition sponsors to chat about their ideas during the Southern Miss Business Tailgate. Through this informal process, teams will be evaluated on their readiness to network with other student teams and potential mentors. The TOP 15 semifinalists will be selected to advance. Results will be announced on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Round 3: Video Pitch

Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2021 (11:59pm) 
Submission: Click here to submit your video pitch

The TOP 15 semifinalists will submit a 3-minute video "pitch" discussing their idea's Problem, People, and Potential (see judging criteria). Videos must be recorded using either a computer webcam or the One Button Studio located in Scianna Hall, Room 3040. The TOP 10 finalists will be selected to advance. Results will be announced on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Round 4: Golden Idea Pitch Competition, Live Event

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021 
Location: Scianna Hall, McDonnell Auditorium (Room 1003)

Mentors will be provided prior to the final event to assist with refining pitches. The TOP 10 finalists will each receive 3 minutes to pitch their idea to a live audience and a panel of business professionals. Teams are limited to 1 slide/visual. Judges will have the opportunity to ask questions, but these will be limited to the topics outlined in the judging criteria. Results will be announced during the live event. 

*Students unable to drop by the tailgate will need to schedule a brief one-on-one interview on October 13, 14, or 15. Available times on these dates will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. 

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