Our three-stage business plan competition is open to anyone in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Anyone in the continental United States is encouraged to apply.
How it works
Entrants submit a short description of their business idea along with a one-minute video pitch. $3,000 in cash prizes. DNVC Committee selects up to 15 semi-finalist teams to advance to Stage II.
Semi-finalist teams submit an executive summary, short business plan, and a five-minute video pitch. $15,000 in cash prizes ($1,000 for each semi-finalist team). A panel of judges select up to 5 finalist teams to advance to Stage III. All teams receive free access to Palo Alto's LivePlan software.
Finalists submit an executive summary, full business plan, and PowerPoint presentation plus make a live presentation to a panel of judges followed by Q&A. $41,000 in cash prizes. Finalists are assigned mentors and have access to the resources of our sponsors.