The 2021 Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition – where Cal State San Bernardino students will have the opportunity to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams by presenting their business venture ideas to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs for cash prizes – is accepting submissions.
The competition, held by CSUSB’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, is accepting entries until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.
Up to 15 student-entrepreneurs will be chosen as semi-finalists from the initial submissions. The semi-finalists will receive mentoring and coaching in preparation for making a 90-second pitch to the panel of investors at the semi-finals event on Nov. 3. Each fast pitch will be judged on the quality of the presentation and investment potential.
At the Nov. 3 event, five finalists will be chosen to make a final pitch at the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards, live and in-person at the Fox Theater Riverside, on Nov. 10. At that time, cash prizes will be awarded – the top award going for $4,000.
In order to enter the Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition, students must adhere to the following criteria:
- All students must currently be enrolled at Cal State San Bernardino at the undergraduate or graduate level.
- All students will pitch proposed potential business ideas or current businesses that have been in operation for less than one year.
- All submitted materials must be the original work of the student.
Enter the competition in three easy steps:
- Students can visit the Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition entry form.
- Provide their contact information and Coyote ID.
- Describe their potential business idea in 250 words or less (multiple idea entries are highly encouraged).
The students and ideas chosen to move on to the semi-finalist competition will be notified by Oct. 4.
The Fast Pitch Review Committee reserves the right to reject any business idea for the following reasons:
- Deemed to be in violation of the CSUSB Code of Ethics.
- Violates any local, state, or national law.
- Appears to be pornographic in nature.
To learn more, visit the Fast Pitch Competition website.
For more information about the competition or entry process, contact Stacey Allis at (909) 537-3217 or email email@example.com.