Cash and service prizes valued at over $100,000
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 and requests from additional applicants, the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business has extended the submission deadline to Friday, November 13, 2020.
Our three-stage business plan competition is open to anyone in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.
We encourage submissions of technology companies and general business ideas, with emphasis on job-creating concepts after COVID-19 subsides.
How it works:
Entrants submit a short description of their business idea along with a one-minute video pitch. $5,000 in cash prizes. DNVC Committee selects up to 20 semi-finalist teams to advance to Stage II.
Semi-finalist teams submit an executive summary, short business plan, and a five-minute video pitch. $20,000 in cash prizes ($1,000 for each semi-finalist team). A panel of judges select up to 5 finalist teams to advance to Stage III.
Finalists submit an executive summary, full business plan, and PowerPoint presentation plus make a live presentation to a panel of judges followed by Q&A. $30,000 in cash prizes. Finalists are assigned mentors and receive free access to Palo Alto's LivePlan software.
NOTE: All signatures must be completed on the Application and Agreement
form before attaching to registration
Finalists have access to the resources of our sponsors:
Duquesne University School of Law
Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship, including sophisticated equipment in our maker space-Bob's Launch Pad
Funding for the DNVC is thanks to the generosity of Bob Mallet, member of Duquesne's Board of Directors and Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Mallet & Company.