Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium
The Carolina Challenge is an annual startup competition open to all UNC-affiliated individuals which awards $50K in prize money each year to the most promising early-stage ventures.
The Challenge also hosts a variety of preparatory events and workshops throughout the academic year to educate students about entrepreneurship.
If you’re a UNC student, staff, or faculty member with an idea you’d like to pitch, we welcome you participate in the 4th Annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party!
Please note: this is NOT an official round of the Carolina Challenge but a pre-competition event celebrating entrepreneurship at UNC where you’ll be able to network with an impressive slew of judges/mentors and meet other students who might be interested in joining your venture team.
For updates and more details, please go to the Carolina Challenge website for further information.
For the first half of the event, each team will be at its own pitch station spaced throughout the room, and judges will circulate among the teams, speaking with as many as possible.
During this time, teams will network with the judges and pitch their venture (without use of a presentation/powerpoint).
Each judge will receive "pitch cash" to invest in their teas at the end of this round.
The 5-7 teams that received the greatest "investment" will then pitch on the main stage.
During this round, each team will have 2-3 minutes to pitch with a Powerpoint (max. 6 slides), Prezi, or video.
After all teams pitch, the judges will vote again, and the overall winner will be selected.
Judges will have a copy of Carolina Challenge Judging Criteria.
This is NOT a round of Carolina Challenge. You do not have to compete in this event to compete in the Carolina Challenge.
Individuals or teams may present. There is no minimum or maximum team size.
To be a judge, you must be an entrepreneur, domain expert, or industry professional with at least 5 years of related work experience.
If you’re not sure whether you qualify as a judge, please email Kris Hergert, Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. We’d love to have you!
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