Make-A-Pitch Competition

​Calling all CMU Students 
 Pitch your business idea at CMU's own version of
"Shark Tank"

Earn $$$ - Gain Feedback - Network

Who:    Open to ALL CMU students
What:   2 Minute Video Business Pitch for feedback and prizes!
When:  Video Pitches Due November 5, 2020 by 11:59 pm EST
              Winners Announced on Social Media November 12, 2020
Why:     Pitch Your​ Idea,
Learn and Improve, Win Prizes and Bragging Rights
How:     Register by completing the Make-A-Pitch Entry Form 2020-2021.pdf and your 2 minute video pitch.  The completed form and video pitch must be submitted to by November 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

Register Early, a limited number of spaces are available!                                                                         
Make-A-Pitch gives you the opportunity to pitch YOUR idea to others.  And, you could earn prizes to help you pursue it!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to pitch in front of an expert panel of judges and earn bookstore dollars!  

Open to ALL CMU Students - no matter your major or college.

What is CMU's "Shark Tank"?       
  • Two-Minute "Pitch" plus judge feedback 
  • Judged by experienced investors, entrepreneurs and business professionals

Resource information to develop your pitch:​​​

“How do I give my pitch in 120 seconds?”

The goal of a pitch is to get a second opportunity to tell your story.  It’s intended to get the attention of your audience.  Be compelling, be grounded, provide information about your business that causes the judges to want to learn more.  You need to spark interest, be credible, and be passionate about your idea. 

What should you include in your presentation? 

Here are a few questions you can use to create the pitch.  These don’t need to be covered in this exact order. 

  • What problem are you solving and who has this problem?
  • Why is your solution better than others that are available?
  • What is your solution? (product or service)
  • What is your business name?
  • Who are you and who's on your team? (Experience, skills, etc.)
  • How will you make money and/or fund your company?
  • What is your market size?
  • What is your next big milestone? (For example, build a prototype, do a market study)
  • ​For more information contact the IBIE in Grawn 164 by email at, call 989-774-3270, or stop into the office.​​​​​​​​​

2019 Make-A-Pitch Winners
First Place Pitch - Nottawa Docks, LLC

Second Place Pitch - Alcoflo

Third Place Pitch - Soundcup

Honorable Mention - Traveling Tailgate

Honorable Mention - Trill Tronics

First Place Pitch for MEV Track - Ignite Donuts