Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity – CSU Collegiate Challenge business pitch competition April 27

Fourteen competitors will pitch their business ideas at the 2016 Colorado State University Collegiate Challenge, one of the most enriching student business pitch competitions in the region, on April 27 for a total prize package of $25,000 in cash awards along with other prizes.


The event will be held 8:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at the Lory Student Center Ballroom on campus. For the full schedule of events, visit!schedule/cjg9.


The winner of the CSU Collegiate Challenge will have automatic pre-qualification for the online semifinal application for the Capital Championship (formerly the CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge), the winner of which will compete for a $250,000 grand prize.

The competitors, who represent five states from the Mountain West region, will pitch their business ideas to a panel of high-profile judges. For more information about the competitors, visit!blank-4/g68gs.

The Competition Seed Rounds will run from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. The Finals will begin at 4 p.m. The winner will be announced at a 6 p.m. award ceremony.

The competition is unique in its focus of providing enriching educational experiences for every competitor, including expert feedback from angel investors and experienced entrepreneurs. Competitors practice their pitch to several mentors a week before the competition to get feedback. The evening before the competition, the Advisor Round Table event pairs competitors with expert advisors in different business areas to provide in-depth advice about the companies. After pitching in the Competition Seed Round, every competitor also receives a one-on-one feedback session with Rockies Venture Club angel investors to further improve their business.

Jeremy Ostermiller, a CSU alumnus and successful entrepreneur who founded Altitude Digital, will present the keynote address at this year’s Collegiate Challenge at 5:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballroom on campus.

Other events at the Collegiate Competition include the Innovation Symposium and entrepreneurship panel discussions.

For more information about the Collegiate Competition, visit


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