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.

To be eligible to win any prizes, teams or individual founder competitors must fully participate in all activities scheduled in the Business Accelerator Program (workshops, networking events, etc) leading up to all competitions.

 

Elevator Pitch Competition – Students will deliver 90-second elevator pitches to judges and compete for over $5,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes and in-kind donations.( all in-kind donations can not be exchanged for cash). 

SMU Startup Launch Competition – Students will deliver a 10-minute presentation/pitch followed by judge 5 minute Q&A and will be competing for over $50,000 awards in non-dilutive cash prizes and in-kind donations.

NOTE: All cash prizes will be subject to taxation and sole responsibility of the recipient . Each competition team will be required to provide a W-9, W-8BEN-E or other country-appropriate tax documentation.

Elevator Pitch Competition Winners - Tier 1 : Pre-Seed Funding and Mentorship Stage

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 (cash and in- kind donations)
  • 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 Coaching and Mentorship Stage

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 non-dilutive  cash prizes and in-kind donations