Pitch Competition

The Big Idea Pitch is a competition that showcases students' amazing ideas for new ventures. This competition gives Appalachian State University students the chance to take ideas out of their heads and pitch them for real money, and since the ideas come from students across various majors with various passions, the variety of ideas never disappoints.

The Big Idea Pitch finalists are the 10 students that submit the most innovative idea based upon creativity, viability and scalability. Each finalist makes a three minute pitch to a panel of entrepreneur judges who provide feedback and vote on the most promising ideas, and because we don't want the audience members to be left out, we have an audience choice award too! 

Come join us on Friday, November 2, 2018, in the Parkway Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union. Networking starts at 4:30 p.m. and the competion begins at 5 p.m. You will get to hear 10 amazing student pitches, enjoy some free local craft beer, and vote for your favorite idea! 


  • $1000 First Place 
  • $500 Second place 
  • $250 Third place
  • +$500 Audience Choice


The application deadline was Monday, October 15. All applicants will be notified by Monday, October 22 as to whether or not  they were chosen to Pitch their Big Idea on November 2!