TEAMS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR CASH PRIZES AND IN-KIND AWARDS SUCH AS OFFICE SPACE, LEGAL ADVICE, FULL PATENT APPLICATIONS, MARKETING/PR, AND MORE.

 

Elevator Pitch Competition – Students will deliver 90-second elevator pitches to judges and will compete for up to $10,000 in cash prizes and in-kind donations.

SMU Startup Launch Competition – Students will deliver a 10-minute pitch followed by judge Q&A and will compete for up to $50,000 + in cash prizes and in-kind donations.

Elevator Pitch Competition Winners - Tier 1 : Pre-Seed Funding Package

The winners of the Elevator Pitch Competition will automatically qualify for the Finalist round of the SMU Startup Launch Competition. In addition, for the best pitches (“Tier 1”), the following will be awarded:

  • Non-Dilutive Pre-Seed Funding
  • Access to Workshops and Resources
  • One-on-One Mentoring
  • Exclusive Access to Accomplished Entrepreneurial Experts and Fellow Innovators
  • Company Workspace
  • Business Plan and Final Presentation Feedback
  • Chance to Compete in the SMU Startup Launch Competition and the opportunity to win over $50,000 in cash prizes and in-kind donations
Elevator Pitch Competition Winners - Tier 2: Startup Package

The winners of the Elevator Pitch Competition will automatically qualify for the Finalist round of the SMU Startup Launch Competition. Teams selected into Tier 2 will be awarded the following:

  • Access to Workshops and Resources
  • One-on-One Mentoring
  • Exclusive Access to Accomplished Entrepreneurial Experts and Fellow Innovators
  • Company Workspace
  • Business Plan and Final Presentation Feedback
  • Chance to Compete in the SMU Startup Launch Competition and the opportunity to  win over $50,000 in cash prizes and in-kind donations