Student Quick Pitch Contest

MCC's Student Quick Pitch Contest

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114

5:30-6:30 p.m. - FREE pizza, networking & practice session. Everyone is welcome to attend including Quick Pitch contestants and those wishing to observe and cheer on their peers from the audience!

6:30-9:00 p.m. - Let The Contest Begin!
Students will have 2-minutes maximum to present their entrepreneurial or innovative business concepts to a panel of judges using only their voices. It is acceptable for students to dress in business uniform or attire normally worn in the business setting. Any student using a prop of any kind including a note card, promotional handouts or technology will be disqualified. Students will have a maximum of 1-minute following their pitch to address questions from the panel of judges.
Eligibility: MCC Student Quick Pitch Contest is open for MCC students from any program of study who is actively enrolled or has completed 1 for-credit course during the 2015/2016 academic year, and for prior MCC Entrepreneur Program students having previously completed at least three of the six courses in the ENTR prefix (ENTR 1050, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2070, 2700, 2090, 2900, 2981).
Registration: Interested and eligible candidates will register for participation by midnight on Friday, April 15 by emailing to business instructor Liliana Petersen at To include the following information:

  • Name, Phone and Email Address

  • Education Program pursued by student
  • Previous and/or current courses taken by student
  • Business Name being pitched
  • Quick summary of the business concept (1-2 minutes speech)

Judging: A panel of judges from the local entrepreneur community will have 1-minute maximum following each student’s pitch presentation to ask follow-up questions. The panel will determine the competition winners using the following judge form. Every student participant will receive individual feedback. Criteria for judging includes:

  • Overall Organization / Logic: Pitch presented in clear, concise and logical form; Presenter conveyed confidence and professionalism and stayed within the 2 minute timeframe.

  • Presentation Quality: Elevator pitch is creative, energetic and delivered a memorable message.

  • Product/Service Competitive Advantage: Product or service concept and the benefit to customers is clear and compelling.

  • Target Market: Market opportunity and potential returns are clear and compelling.

  • Credibility: Candidate is believable as an entrepreneur with the passion and knowledge to successfully implement.

  • Q & A: Ability to answer judge's questions.

Awards: Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. 

  • First Place:
    MCC scholarship for 9.0 credit hours + will represent MCC at the regional quick pitch contest on Friday, April 29, 2016. 

  • Second Place:
    MCC scholarship for 4.5 credit hours + will represent MCC at the regional quick pitch contest on Friday, April 29, 2016.

  • Third Place:
    MCC scholarship for 4.5 credit hours

Additionally, the first and second place winners will advance to the regional contest event to take place Friday, April 29 at the Heartland Student Entrepreneur Conference held at the Institute of Culinary Arts, Fort Campus to represent MCC in the College Division and have a chance to win more prizes.
Commitment: Selected awardees of the MCC Quick Pitch Contest will formally agree to the following before awards will be made:

  • Enable MCC to use their name, image, plan summary and outcomes in press releases, marketing, public speaking and other outreach activities with the student body at large and the community in general.

  • Attend the Heartland Student Entrepreneur Conference on Friday, April 29. The first and second place winners will represent MCC in the College Division Quick Pitch contest against other area collegiate students for additional prizes. If pre-approved by a MCC official ahead of time that the first or second place winner is unable to fulfill this obligation; the third place winner will step in accordingly to represent the school.

Questions: Address questions or requests for disability support to business instructor Liliana Petersen at

2016 MCC Student Quick Pitch Contest - Important Dates At A Glance


By midnight, Friday, April 15, 2016

Final Preparation for the Contest. FREE Pizza Dinner, Networking & Practice Session

5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Elkhorn Campus, Room 114.

Quick Pitch Contest

6:30 pm - 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  Elkhorn Campus, Room 114.

Heartland Student Entrepreneur Conference (regional conference where 1st & 2nd place MCC Quick Pitch Winners will represent MCC in the Collegiate Division)

Friday, April 29, 2016. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Swanson Conference Center. Building #22 (Inside the Institute For Culinary Arts)