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Competitions are Key for Entrepreneurs

Company News|Erin Carey|May 21, 2014

The entrepreneur world is ever changing. Finding a way to shape, mentor and enhance the work of up and coming entrepreneurs is the whole reason we built our company. Competitions foster growth, enable feedback, and allow for mentorship.

43North: Helping Entrepreneurs and Startups across the Globe

Reviewr|Erin Carey|March 25, 2014

With $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million, six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards, 43North is helping entrepreneurs, startups and teams from across the globe turn their business ideas into reality in Buffalo, NY.

Providence College: Building A Community Exchange

Reviewr|Reviewr|December 30, 2013

College entrepreneurship programs take a variety of different forms.  Some are exclusively academic, others centered on solely providing support to student entrepreneurs.  But Providence College in Providence, RI has something truly unique: The Community Exchange, where members of the student body and the community meet to make a real, tangible difference.

The Power of Entrepreneurship Competitions

Reviewr|Kyle Fredrickson|September 11, 2013

With the semester underway for many of our educational partners, it makes sense to explore the benefits of bringing entrepreneurship competitions into the classroom.  Entrepreneurs that participate are developing a valuable set of skills that will prepare them for starting their own company or being a valuable member of an established one.

Why Bother With Entrepreneurship?

Reviewr|Ethan Meyer|August 5, 2013

With so may new programs and initiatives competing for our attention these days, it's easy to get distracted or downright overwhelmed with things to do.  Between work, family, and passion projects there seems to be room for little else.  Despite all of this, we see that there are many teachers, community members, business owners, and successful entrepreneurs donating their time to let the world know that expanding entrepreneurship is worth the extra effort.

How Do You Stack Up?

Company News|Reviewr|July 17, 2013

PitchBurner is much more than a tool for running competitions as we differentiate ourselves in the areas of Passion, Consulting, Product, and Support.  We quantify value for our clients through our expertise along with industry-leading best practices to build an ecosystem of success around their events.  By having access to top-notch support and our Entrepreneurship Consultants, we offer a 360 degree suite of services to improve every aspect of your program backed by our robust web-based platform. Let's Chat

PitchBurner featured of YFS

Reviewr|Ethan Meyer|July 11, 2013

Learn 7 Creative Ways to Onboard New Hires with thoughts from PitchBurner's Managing Director, Ethan Meyer on Young, Fabulous, and Self-Employed.  See the full article here.

60 Days of Change

Competition Tips|Reviewr|June 26, 2013

With the fall competition season rapidly approaching (about 60 days away), it's time to add a few new ideas to your bag of tricks.  Many of our partners ask how they can build more engagement and excitement around their events to keep the participation growing every year.

By bridging opportunities for students to connect before, during, and after your events, you'll also create a way to introduce your judges and stakeholders to top talent.  

 

3 Tips to Integrate Recruiting Into Your Competition
 

1.  Leverage Your Alumni and Personal Networks
One of your most valuable assets is the broad range of expertise that your alumni-network offers.  When it comes to competitions, putting students in touch with individuals that are in their field of interest creates major value for the student and the alumnus.  Be sure to look outside your region as well and incorporate opportunities for them to participate in your competition remotely.  More details on how to facilitate this long-distance involvement can be found here.

2.  High School Outreach
Any university can attest to the value of exposing students to their brand and value early on.  If you currently don't have a high school division for your competition, you need to seriously consider it.  By bringing in high school students, it not only creates a new dimension to your competition but it also puts your organization top of mind when students are making decisions on where to apply.  Here is a great example.
 
3.  Local Community Outreach
Competitions are not all about prizes.  Time and time again we hear that young entrepreneurs are looking for more opportunities to connect with local businesses.  Internship opportunities and continuing mentorship after a competition provide a very powerful incentive to get students to participate.  By facilitating these types of relationships and providing value after a competition closes, you can expect a long-term interest in your newly create entrepreneurship ecosystem.  

How are you creating change in your entrepreneurship program?  Share your story with us and we'll feature you and your program in our PitchBurner Academy LinkedIn group.  The PitchBurner Academy is a group dedicated to providing best-practices and connecting entrepreneurship champions across the globe.

Find, Guide, and Celebrate Entrepreneurs

Event Winners|Ethan Meyer|June 17, 2013

Helping With Your Budget
With many of our partners already developing strategic plans, proposing new budgets, and thinking of ways to expand their programs, there is no better time to explore PitchBurner. 
When we aren't working around the clock to develop new features and best practices to assist the nations top programs, we are uncovering ways to help your programs grow.
  
Helpful Resources:
• EDA Grants for Competitions
• Grants for Community Development


The PitchBurner Process
PitchBurner is much more than a tool for running competitions as we differentiate ourselves in the areas of Passion, Consulting, Product and Support.  We generate value for our clients through our expertise along with industry-leading best practices to build an ecosystem of success around their events.  By having access to top-notch support and our Entrepreneurship Consultants, we offer a 360 degree suite of services to improve every aspect of your program backed by our robust web-based platform.

Top 3 Trends in Entrepreneurship Competitions

Company News|Ethan Meyer|July 15, 2012

With peak competition season just around the corner, many competition administrators are looking for ways to get more people involved and create more excitement in the weeks leading up to the actual event. 

PitchBurner featured on the Startup America Partnership

Company News|Reviewr|May 15, 2012

The Startup America Partnership celebrates entrepreneurship and brings recognition to innovative products and services.

PitchBurner - Media

Company News|Reviewr|April 22, 2012

PitchBurner - highlighted on the radio for discussing the art of the quick pitch.....

mLearning and Mobile Pitch Night - Winners

Event Winners|Reviewr|April 3, 2012

15 teams of young software application developers took part in Desire2Learn's Pitch Night - a competition which challenged the teams to present their ideas clearly and convincingly to the judges in less than five minutes.

2012 Software Builders Challenge - Winners

Event Winners|Reviewr|April 2, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Nebraska Software Builders Challenge!

UNL 3 2 1 Quick Pitch 2012 - Winners

Event Winners|Reviewr|March 27, 2012

UNL's third annual 3-2-1 Quick Pitch Competition was held at Memorial Stadium on February 23, 2012.  The competition was presented by by the Center for Entrepreneurship, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, and Lincoln Public Schools Entrepreneurship Focus Program for students from Nebraska high schools, 2-year colleges, and 4-year colleges.