Seventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest

[Winning New Business Concept Pitch]   The Winning New Business Concept Pitch ($3,000): Reslutions - Jeremy Pease, Stiliyan Lazarov, and Robert Caucci

The Winning Social Venture Pitch ($3,000): Malo Traders - Mohamed Ali Niang and Salif Romano Niang

  [Winning Social Venture Pitch]


[Win Over Investors in 3 Minutes or Less]
>> click to read article "Win Over Investors in 3 Minutes or Less,", October 2010


The Seventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest

Presented by


in association with:

Monday, April 11, 2011
5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Pace University
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

Sponsored by:
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The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur's idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

Finalists in the New Business Concept category and the Social Venture category will each have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience. In addition to broad participation at Pace, we have been pleased to welcome student competitors from a number of other universities, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Princeton, and Stanford.

[Stanley S. Litow]   Keynote Speaker

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship &
Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM Foundation

Judging Panel

Kevin Bolen, Partner, Innosight
Somak Chattopadhyay, Principal, GSA Venture Partners
Jalak Jobanputra, Director of Investments, Omidyar Network
Stanley S. Litow, President, IBM International Foundation
David S. Rose, Chairman, New York Angels
Lori Smith, Partner, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP

Special Guest

Sal Khan, founder of the non-profit Khan Academy
who is also "Bill Gates' favorite teacher".

Closing Remarks

Harold Levy, Member of the Board of Trustees, Pace University,
and former Chancellor of New York City Schools

  [Sal Khan]

  • 5:00 - 5:30 Registration and Reception
  • 5:30 - 6:00 Welcome and Keynote Speaker
  • 6:00 - 6:45 Six Finalists make their Pitch (three New Business Concepts & three Social Ventures)
  • 6:45 - 7:00 Break (Judging Panel selects the winning pitches in private)
  • 7:00- 7:30 Judging Panel Discussion and Critique
  • 7:30 - 8:00 Awards Ceremony and Networking

New Business Concept Prize

  • A $3,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the New Business Concept category. The prize money must be used to help build the New Business Concept presented at the Seventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest.
  • Each of the three finalists in the New Business Concept Category will receive a cash prize of $500.

Social Venture Prize

  • A $3,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the Social Venture category. The prize money must be used to help build the Social Venture presented at the Seventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest.
  • Each of the three finalists will receive a cash prize of $500.

Additional prizes will be announced later.
Pace University reserves the right to disqualify, at its sole discretion, any individual or team from the competition at any time (before or after the Pitch Contest or the award of any prize) for any reason. Reasons for disqualification may include, but are not limited to, misrepresentations in the application process, plagiarism, infringement of the intellectual property of others, and any failure to comply with the rules of the competition. Disqualified individuals or teams shall forfeit any and all prizes awarded to them.


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Tel: (212) 618-6663
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Address: Pace University
Lubin School of Business
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