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Carolina Challenge Pitch Party

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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. 



If you’re a UNC student, staff, or faculty member with an idea you’d like to pitch, we welcome you participate in the 3rd 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.

Submit your idea by Midnight on

Sunday, November 17.


We'll let you know if you're idea has been accepted to pitch by Monday, November 18 at 5pm.


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 Carrie Harbinson, Program Manager at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-FlaglerWe’d love to have you!



  • Each team will have 2-3 minutes to pitch with a PowerPoint (max. 6 slides) or Prezi or video.

  • There will be multiple pitch stations at the event running simultaneously (like a battle of the bands).

  • Judges will have schedules and can move from station to station to see whoever they like.

  • Teams should also be prepared with a 1 minute pitch to "work the room" during speed networking sessions to encourage judges to come see their pitch.

  • Teams are encouraged to print 1/4 page flyers to hand out during networking sessions.

  • Each judge will receive "pitch cash" to give to their favorite teams, which they can allocate to the ideas they like most.

  • In addition to voting with their cash, judges can write their contact info on the back of "pitch cash" to offer to be your mentor.

  • Winners will be the teams that receive the most pitch cash.

  • 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.

Students / Youth
Entrepreneurs / Startups
Investors / Mentors
Government / Policy Experts
Academics / Researchers
  • When: 5:00 - 8:00pm
  • Start: 21 November 2013
  • End: 21 November 2013 23:59
Great Room, Top of the Hill


100 E. Franklin Street (3rd Floor)
27514 Chapel Hill, NC

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