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Golden Idea Pitch Competition

Do you have an idea that could change the world? Are you ready to get your business off of the ground? Now is the time to pitch your idea to a panel of expert judges and win CASH! 

Sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and Economic Development, the School of Management, and the USM Entrepreneurship Club.

2019 Winners

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:

  • Southern Miss students from all majors are encouraged to participate!
  • Teams can be made up on 1-4 members.
  • At least half of each team must be current Southern Miss students.

Professor Pitch Competition

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


Round 1: Submit Business Proposal

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.

Round 2: Improve Business Proposal + Video Pitch

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.   

Round 3 - Social Media Voting

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 through MondayNovember 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

Round 4 - Top 5 Teams Pitch to Panel of Judges

Final Event: Thursday, November 19, 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!

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Scianna Hall (SCH) 
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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