From idea to launch

Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Prizes valued at approximately $85,000!

Our two-stage business plan competition is open to anyone in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

How it works:

Stage one

Entrants submit a short description of their business idea along with a two-minute video elevator pitch. $5,000 in cash prizes. Judges select finalists.

Stage two

Finalists submit an executive summary, business plan, PowerPoint presentation, and make a live presentation to a panel of judges followed by Q&A. $25,000 in cash prizes. Finalists are assigned mentors and receive free access to Palo Alto's LivePlan software.

Deadline extended to Thursday, November 21, 2019.

Rules, Regulations and Policies

Finalists have access to the resources of our sponsors:

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Duquesne Small Business Development Center
  • Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship, including sophisticated equipment in our maker space-Bob's Launch Pad.  Special thanks to judge Bob Mallet, Former Chairman, Mallet & Company, for making it happen!
  • Palo Alto LivePlan software.