Kennedy Library and Orfalea College of Business are hosting the 7th annual Pitch Perfect Competition in partnership with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Through the generosity of Orfalea College of Business, this year’s Pitch Perfect Competition offers $25,000 in prizes and funding to make a student’s big idea a reality. The competition is in three rounds.
This year’s competition theme focuses on how Kennedy Library can foster interdisciplinary collaboration at Cal Poly. Students developed innovative ideas about developing spaces, apps, programs and more.
Here’s what President Armstrong had to say about the videos:
I couldn’t be more impressed by and proud of each and every student who participated. I am particularly struck by the number of students who focused on wanting tools to help connect with other students across academic disciplines. I have no doubt their combined interest and energy can and will lead to some tangible ways to enhance collaboration. This is what Learn by Doing is all about… Please convey my sincere appreciation and pride to all the participants.
We are excited to announce the video winners of Round 1!
Best Overall $1,000 & President’s Pick $850: PolyProjects by Kathryn Cassidy
Best of Orfalea $750: CoLab by Ashlee Lam
Most Creative $700: Brilliant Minds by Sean Christensen AND Expand by David Quiray
Fan Fave $700: PolyPaths by Jenna Hoffman
Congratulations! You can watch all the videos on Cal Poly’s YouTube.
In this year’s expanded competition, all students who entered Round 1 are invited to enter Round 2. In that round, students will develop a one page business canvas for the idea they pitched in the video. One canvas is selected as a winner and awarded an additional $1,000. Students who complete Round 2 will also be considered for the SLO Hot House Accelerator Program. Deadline: April 20, 2015.
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host an information session on how to write a one-page business canvas on Thursday, April 2 during UU Hour (11am-12pm) in the Entrepreneurship Ideation Lab (Bldg. 2 Rm. 206).
The student or team who submits the winning business canvas will work with library staff and faculty on developing their idea during summer quarter 2015 with a generous program budget. This may involve developing a prototype, collaborating with a vendor or otherwise finding creative ways to implement a new idea. They will also be considered for the SLO Hot House Accelerator Program.
Complete details: lib.calpoly.edu/pitch