Pitch Workshop, Pitch Day Qualifiers & Pitch Competition

Receive specialized training!  Pitch to real investors!  Win prize money!  Start your own business!

The Art of Pitching Workshop @Thunderbird

Whether you intend to participate in this upcoming Pitch Competition or just want to improve your presentation skills, be sure to check out this workshop! 

About the Facilitator

You will be trained by Danish serial entrepreneur Henrik Scheel, who lives in San Francisco, California. Henrik brings a wealth of experience from the startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley and has worked with entrepreneurs in 25+ countries around the world.


The Art of Pitching Workshop @Thunderbird

Thursday, October 3rd | 6:00pm - 10:00pm | Thunderbird Downtown Campus

The Thunderbird Pitch Competition is returning again this Fall and so is Henrik Scheel to give students expert advice on pitching their ideas! All on-campus MGM, MAGAM and Undergrads are invited to RSVP for this specialized pitch training. Come learn even if you don’t have a business idea or plan on participating in the pitch competition! Dinner and caffeine will be served.

In this fast-paced and interactive four-hour workshop, you'll learn how to present yourself and your startup in a memorable way. Many topics will be covered, such as the startup process, how to bring ideas to life, structure of your pitch, what is a good pitch deck, body language and voice control, how to contact investors, what investors ask and why, and much more. Being a good presenter is key in all careers and if you want to succeed in the startup world it's a skill you can't live without. Everything in life is a pitch!

While not required to attend the event, the workshop will be more valuable if you put some thought into a business or enterprise idea (including social enterprise and non-profit) prior to attending. Parameters include:

  • The problem
  • Solution
  • Target market
  • Model/strategy

Limited spaces available!


Questions? Contact Kate Robertson kate.robertson@thunderbird.asu.edu

Thunderbird’s 2019 Pitch Day Qualifiers

Participate in Pitch Day Qualifiers to pitch your idea, receive feedback from qualified judges, and have the chance to compete for award money at the final pitch competition in November!

Qualifications for Participation

  • Pitch Day Qualifiers is open to all on-campus MGM, MAGAM, and Undergraduate students who have a business idea
  • Students may enter as an individual or team, but all presenters must be Thunderbird students
  • All business ideas, both non-profit and for-profit, are welcome!

Thunderbird’s 2019 Pitch Day Qualifiers

Friday, October 25th | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Thunderbird Downtown Campus

About Pitch Day Qualifiers

Thunderbird’s 2019 Pitch Day Qualifiers provides an opportunity for all interested on-campus Thunderbird students to pitch their business idea in front of a panel of qualified judges, consisting of Thunderbird alumni, faculty, and staff. All participating students will give a 3-minute pitch, followed by a 5-minute Q&A from the judging panel. Once all students have pitched, the judging panel will then select the top businesses to advance to the final pitch competition in November. During this final pitch competition, students will have the opportunity to win award money for their venture.

Participation Requirements

In order to participate in Pitch Day Qualifiers, the student must submit a one-page executive summary by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 12:00pm

  • By submitting the executive summary, the student/team is agreeing that they can give an in-person pitch on Friday, October 25th sometime between the times of 9:00am and 12:00pm.
  • The one-page executive summary should generally highlight the problem, solution, market opportunity, business model/financial projections, unique value proposition/competitive advantage, and the team. Here is an executive summary template that you may use (though not required) as well as a sample executive summary for your review.
    Sample Executive Summary 1
    Sample Executive Summary 2
  • Once the one-page executive summary is submitted, all participating students will receive information via email on when to submit their pitch deck, their presentation location/time, and the judging criteria.
  • Top three ideas will be awarded $3,000, $1,500 and $1,000 and ALL students who qualify for Pitch Day will be guaranteed at least $500 in prize money!!

Submit Your Executive Summary by October 18th

For questions contact Kate Robertson; kate.robertson@thunderbird.asu.edu


Thunderbird’s 2019 Pitch Competition

Thanks to alum Andy Ogawa, Thunderbird’s 2nd Annual Pitch Competition is happening!

"One of my fondest memories as a Tbird was the Pitch Competition - it taught me the value of a solid business plan when pitching to investors and gave me the foundation I needed to become a successful entrepreneur."

- Andy Ogawa '98, Competition Sponsor

Thunderbird’s 2019 Pitch Competition

Friday, November 8th | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Beus Center for Law and Society, Fifth Floor Conference Center (ASU Law School Downtown, BCLS Room 544)

Students have advanced out of the Pitch Day Qualifiers round to compete in Thunderbird’s 2019 Pitch Competition.

  • Support our students as they pitch their business ideas for a second time to a new panel of expert judges (including Andy himself). Each student/team will now give a 5-minute pitch followed by an 8-minute Q&A.
  • Winners will be announced and award money will be rewarded at the close of the event.
  • Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
  • Whether you are pitching or not, you will want to attend this exciting event!