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Win $5,000 at Bold IDEAS Pitch Competition

A tablet lies on graph paper. On the tablet screen reads WHAT'S YOUR PITCH? Below the tablet is scrap paper and a blue and tan pen.The Cameron School of Business McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Houston Community College and Station Houston, will host a Shark Tank style Pitch Competition on April 27 at 10 a.m. at the Center for Science and Health Professions building on campus.

Register to pitch your next great business idea at the inaugural Bold IDEAS Pitch Competition and you can win $5,000. The entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship category prizes are 1st place - $5,000, 2nd place - $3,000 and 3rd Place - $2,000.

This year, the competition has two pitch categories - entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship.

Important Information

  • Both individuals and groups can compete
  • Registration ends April 22
  • Competitors must submit the final business plan by April 22
  • Competitors will receive confirmation by April 24
  • Pitches can be no longer than three minutes
  • Competitors must be available the day of the pitch competition


How do I know if my idea is competitive?

No idea is too grand or too small. The most important part is that it is possible! Do you run your own small business? That counts. Do you have an idea but need funding? Present that idea as well!

What if I don't know how to pitch?

UST has you covered! Our partners at HCC and Station Houston have agreed to train and coach students competing. See the schedule at www.stthom.edu/Bold-IDEAS

Who qualifies to compete?

As long as one member of the team attends an accredited university or high school, the team can qualify to compete.

Where can I get more details?

Visit www.stthom.edu/Bold-IDEAS to sign up for free

UST Partners for this Event

Sponsors for this event include The McNair Foundation, the Social Entrepreneurship Program at UST and Station Houston.

The McNair Foundation established an endowment of $5 million to develop The McNair Center on the UST campus in Houston in 2015. The Center focuses on the role of principled entrepreneurship in promoting economic growth – a significant need in today’s business environment.

UST along with UH and Rice University are partners with Station Houston, a growing hub for startup technology companies, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. The partnership design is to build a community for Houston’s next generation of entrepreneurs, and to give them the resources to achieve their dreams in their academic hometown.

The Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) at the University of St. Thomas is an inter-disciplinary program with academic and non-academic opportunities to promote sustainable social ventures at UST.

The University offers a certificate in social entrepreneurship through the collaboration between its Center for International Studies and the Cameron School of Business. Through this certificate program, social enterprise ideas transform into concrete income-generating activities capable of tackling social or environmental challenges. Through pitch competitions and partnerships with organizations (for example, the Hashoo Foundation), SEP fosters opportunities for students to be part of the impact outside of the classroom.