Student Quick Pitch Contest

MCC's Student Quick Pitch Contest

Monday, April 23, 2018
South Omaha Campus, ITC Building, room 120
2018 Competition Night Agenda


5-6 p.m. - Grab a bite to eat, practice, network and try out Virtual Reality Omaha's equipment. Virtual Reality Omaha is a new startup by Matthew Miller, prior MCC Student Blue Sky Fund recipient, and his business partner (Shannon) returning to share their start-up story on stage. This complimentary hour is open for both contestants and observers to prepare for the main stage event.

6-9 p.m. - Let The Contest Begin!
Students will compete in 2 Divisions: High School and College Student. Participating 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 2017/2018 academic year, and for prior MCC Entrepreneur Program students having previously completed at least two 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 Monday, April 16 by emailing to business instructor Liliana Petersen at To include the following information:

  • Name, Phone and Email Address

  • Education Program pursued by student at MCC
  • 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 time frame.

  • 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: The first, second and third place winners in each Division (High School and College Student) will receive the following:

  • First Place:
    MCC scholarship for 9.0 credit hours

  • Second Place:
    MCC scholarship for 4.5 credit hours

  • Third Place:
    MCC scholarship for 4.5 credit hours

    Additionally, the Most Innovative Idea, the Most Marketable Idea and the Most Panache Speaker (Entrepreneurial Spirited) will be named!

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.

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

2018 MCC Student Quick Pitch Contest - Important Dates At A Glance


By midnight, Monday, April 16, 2018

Practice and Networking Session

Monday, April 23, 2018, 5-6 p.m., South Omaha Campus, ITC Building, Conference Room 120

Quick Pitch Contest

Monday, April 23, 2018, 6-9 p.m., South Omaha Campus, ITC, room 120