2019 Pitch Competition

2019 Berry Student Pitch Competition

1)      The online application process ends on January 31st. The idea statement should be 3-4 sentences long. Be sure to say 1) what your business idea is 2) What you have done so far, and 3) is there a social element to your business?

Sample Pitch Idea

I'm Morgan and I'm a singer/songerwriter/guitarist. I write and play my own songs. The Pitch money would enable me to go into a studio to professionally record and edit my songs. I plan to release an album and individual songs on Spotify and iTunes. I would also use the money to create CDs that I can release at my Sing/Sign/Sell events. 10% of my profits go to LoveHaiti.

2)      The awards total $27k with some stipulations. Funding will be awarded same night as pitch competition.

  • $10k Ford Foundation Award – best business idea with some social impact
  • $7.5k Chairman’s Challenge Award
  • $5k Bettyann O’Neill Innovation Award
  • $2.5k seed funding – 4th
  • $1k seed funding – 5th
  • $1k audience award - given in addition to judges award

3)   The final round will be streamed online and alumni, parents and friends of Berry can watch. There will be an online portal (accessed through computer or mobile device) where the audience can vote for their favorite pitch.

4) Winners announced:

Winners of 2019 Pitch Event

Ben Umberger, Umberger Farms - $10,000 Ford Foundation Award + $1000 Berry Best Idea

Josie Hadaway, Written by J - $7,500 Chairman’s Challenge Award

Jorie Hodapp, Jorie Cakes - $5k - $5,000 Bettyann O’Neill Innovation Award

Harmony Petty, Harmony's Crafty Creations - $2,500 Berry Seed Fund

Anthea Phitides, Made by Marula - $1,000 Berry Seed Fund


*This pitch competition is only open to current Berry College students.

Berry College press release about the pitch winners. 

Nice article about Harmony Petty in the Calhoun Times

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