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Crain’s New York Business Perfect Pitch Competition

 

Congratulations to Allyson Downey ’10, founder of Weespring, winner of the 2013 Crain's New York Business Competition!

 

The 2014 Crain's New York Business Perfect Pitch Competition will take place in the fall semester. Stay tuned for the date.

The Competition
Entrant Benefits
Competition Audience Benefits
The Rules
Key Dates
Application

The Competition:

Participate to pitch directly to New York Business reporters! The Annual Crain’s New York Perfect Pitch Competition was designed to empower entrepreneurs in our community to hone their media pitch skills through skills training and experience while competing to receive a Best Media Pitch Award. The competition is open to ventures led by all Columbia University students, faculty, staff and alumni. 

The competition will be open to attendance by the broader Columbia community, including the public, and will provide an engaging opportunity to learn about effective media pitching and see entrepreneurs and journalists in action.  The competition’s finalists will be interviewed live by the competition’s judging panel comprised of staff from Crain’s New York Business.

The Lang Center wishes to thank Crain's New York Business reporters for serving as judges to the competition.

The Lang Center also wishes to thank the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School for their support.

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Entrant Benefits:

  • Special two hour workshop on crafting their media pitch
  • Opportunity to compete for “Best Media Pitch” awards
  • Winners covered in upcoming Crain’s New York Business story
  • Complimentary six-month subscription to Crain’s NY
  • Finalists of the competition will be profiled in a follow up piece in Crains New York Business
  • In addition the Winner, along with two runner-up finalists, are covered in two additional articles from Crain’s reporter including links to three 2-minute videos (on day of event, 6 months out and 12 months out) to show progress of the businesses

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Competition Audience Benefits:

  • Opportunity to learn about effective media pitches
  • Peer networking at post-competition reception

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The Rules:

The competition is open to ventures led by all Columbia University students, faculty, staff and alumni who meet the following qualifications:

  1. Business or non-for-profit headquarters in New York
  2. At least one full-time employee and at least one part-time or contract employee

*Application questions are below.

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Key Dates:

Fifteen (15) qualified applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Accepted entrants must be available and attend the following required events (2014 dates TBD):

  1. Media Pitch Workshop with strategic communications specialist Sally Sherry '06
  2. 90 Second Media Pitch Video Clip due
  3. Perfect Pitch Competition

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Application:

Application content:

Name:
Email Address:
Phone Number:
Columbia Business School Affiliation (please specify student, alumni, or CCBP):
Graduation Year:

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Company Name:
Title:
Company Description (one paragraph):
Media coverage to date, if any (publication and date):
Company Revenues:

Is your company currently profitable? Y/N
Total Number of Company Employees:

Please describe in one paragraph your most critical media message and target audience:

Revenue information will be kept strictly confidential.

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Summer-Fall 2014 Events

August 12, 2014

Columbia Startup Lab-Summer Closing Event
5:45-8:00PM - by invitation only

September 23, 2014

Lang Center Information Session
12:30-2:00PM

September 30, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
12:30-2:00PM (Columbia Business School)

October 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Kick-Off Event
6:30-8:30PM

October 28, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
12:30-2:00PM (Engineering School) and 6:00-7:15PM (CU Medical Center)

October 29, 2014

Annual Fall Venture Fair
6:30-9:00PM

November 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop - Laurence Blumberg '94
12:30-2:00PM

November 11, 2014

"Pitch to an Entrepreneur in Residence" Session
12:30-2:00PM

November 13, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Wim Sweldens
12:30-2:00PM

November 18, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Asha Saxena
12:30-2:00PM

November 20, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Peer-voting Event
12:30-2:00PM

December 2, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Jim Moore '95
12:30-2:00PM

December 5, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions Event
9:00-5:00PM