University of Nebraska–Lincoln students can showcase their entrepreneurial, communication and presentation skills at the annual 3-2-1 Quick Pitch competition on Tuesday, November 5 in Morrill Hall. Hosted by the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship, the competition gives students a platform to propose a new business venture in a three-minute “quick pitch” proposal with the chance to win cash prizes.
For the first time in the 11-year history of the competition, students and judges will meet in Morrill Hall.
“We love to find new and intriguing places on campus to engage with all our programs, and connect students from all disciplines interested in entrepreneurship. Morrill Hall is a dramatic place to do that, and a stirring space for our students to be inspired,” said Dr. Samantha Fairclough, associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of practice in management.
The competition format splits students into seven rooms where they face-off head-to-head in their respective groups. The judges, comprised of entrepreneurial-minded experts from across the state, grade the pitches and give feedback.
Following the judges’ deliberation, the top three pitches of each group receive a $333.33 cash prize. In addition to presenting their pitches, competitors can develop their ideas and network with other students, entrepreneurs and community leaders at a networking reception after the competition.
“Students will be pitching their ideas against a backdrop of ancient mammoth skeletons, fossilized giant camels and interactive paleontology exhibits. The contrast is fun: dinosaurs are large and extinct while our students’ ideas are just coming to life,” said Fairclough.
The event is sponsored by Hastings HVAC, Nelnet, Resort Lifestyle Communities, Cameron General Contractors and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
The deadline to apply to compete is Tuesday, October 29. To apply or to learn more about the competition, visit: https://business.unl.edu/quickpitch