Kody Wirth is a content writer and SEO specialist for Palo Alto Software—the creator's of Bplans and LivePlan. He has 3+ years experience covering small business topics and runs a part-time content writing service in his spare time.
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Updated January 4, 2024
Pitch competitions are more than an opportunity to win funding; they’re a valuable platform to practice and perfect your business pitch. By participating, you gain critical experience presenting your ideas, receive expert feedback, and engage with potential investors and partners.
This guide is designed to help you prepare for these business plan competitions. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or an experienced business owner—here is what you need to know about pitch competitions.
A pitch or business plan competition is an event where people with business ideas or who are running early-stage startups get the chance to present to a group of judges. Entrepreneurs need to cover their business model, target market, financial plans, and other vital areas of their businesses within a fixed time limit.
The judges, typically experts in business and investment, evaluate and provide feedback on these presentations. The best pitches, as determined by the judges, may receive prizes often in the form of funding, mentorship, or resources to help develop or scale their businesses.
Are you participating in your first startup pitch or business plan contest? Check out these guides to refine your pitch and better understand what it takes to succeed.
What does it take to stand out from the competition and win a pitch contest? Check out these insights from business planning expert Tim Berry to help you prepare.
Resources and templates to help you successfully pitch your business idea.
Free investor pitch deck template
Visualize your business pitch and wow investors with this free pitch deck template.
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Check out our library of industry-specific business pitch examples to help inspire your own presentation.
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Free business plan template
Back up your pitch with a detailed and investor-ready business plan. Get started with our fill-in-the-blank business plan template.