Think you have a good business idea?

Who: Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate Mercer University student of any year, program, or campus.

What: You will submit a 2 minute video recording of you pitching your business idea for the semi-finals by September 29. A team of judges will watch the videos and select a set of finalists to present their pitches synchronously to a panel of judges over Zoom on October 13th. Judges will have the opportunity to ask each presenter questions. The judges will then select a winner. Businesses could be at the idea stage or existing small businesses. All ideas from technology to social ventures will be accepted.

When/where: Final 2 minute elevator pitch presentations will be Thursday October 13th, 6pm-8pm virtually via Zoom.

Prize money: $500

Deadline to submit your elevator pitch video to nextbigidea@mercer.edu by September 29 at 11:59pm. In the email you must include:

  • Full name of each team member
    • Program of study, primary campus, and year of anticipated graduation date for each team member
    • Name of business idea and a brief description of the idea
    • A confirmation that someone from your team will be able to pitch publicly on October 6
    • An approximately 2 minute video pitch recording (videos over 2:30 will not be accepted). You need to attach the recording file or a link to the video that can be downloaded.
      • The judging criteria is focused on the clarity of the content of the video pitch, not design of the video itself.
      • Mercer University has free access to Zoom which can be used to record your video, but any recording platform is acceptable. Phone recordings are also accepted.
      • These videos will only be used by the semi-finalist judging panel and will not be shared publicly.

Finalists will be notified by October 6, 2022

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