School of Management
School of Management
Sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and Economic Development, the School of Management, and the USM Entrepreneurship Club.
The Golden Idea Pitch Competition is a "shark tank" style event that provides a platform for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative products and services to established, professional entrepreneurs from the community.
Interested in participating? Here is what you need to know:
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 12:15 - 1:00pm | McDonnell Auditorium (SCH 1003)
To raise awareness for the Golden Idea Pitch Competition and to set an example for our student participants, faculty and staff from campus will be giving their own pitches while playing the "Silicon Valley Start Ups" game!
Participants will receive 4 cards: a company name, a target user, an industry, and a hot trend. From those cards, the professors will have to create an impromptu pitch for an imagined company. The students will be the judges offering feedback and ultimately deciding on the winner!
If you plan to attend, please RSVP here!
Deadline: October 9, 2020
Click here to submit a very basic business proposal. Our judges will select the TOP 20 applicants to move on to the Round 2. Results will be finalized on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Deadline: October 30, 2020
The TOP 20 teams will receive mentoring and coaching to help improve their business plan and prepare for the Round 2 submission. Round 2 will require students to send in an updated written business proposal as well as a 2-minute video pitch. The judges will then narrow down the teams to the TOP 10. Results will be finalized on Friday, November 6, 2020.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 through Monday, November 16, 2020.
The TOP 10 pitches will be posted to the Southern Miss Business YouTube Channel. The public will have the opportunity to "vote" on their favorite pitch by liking each video. The TOP 5 teams will be selected based on the teams with the most likes on their video and they will move on the Round 4! Results will be finalized on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
Scianna Hall, McDonnell Auditorium | 6:00PM
Live Stream on YouTube
The TOP 5 finalists will receive additional help and coaching prior to the final event. During the final event, the TOP 5 teams will each receive the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of expert judges. This panel will determine who wins 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!