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Forté Power Pitch Competition
Powering aspiring women entrepreneurs

Forté’s Power Pitch competition offers a high-profile, real-world challenge at the Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference where women-led teams present business ideas to a panel of judges. The spirit of the competition is to focus on ideas conceived and developed as part of the business school experience.

Selected finalists will be invited to participate in the Forté Power Pitch competition on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Online Contestant Registration Form

How to Enter

A designated team member should complete the online contestant registration form. In addition to the online form, you are required to upload an Executive Summary and Elevator Pitch video. Please review the 2017 Forté Power Pitch Guidelines.

March 15, 2017

Competition open and accepting entries.

Friday, April 21, 2017
by 6:00 p.m. CST

Deadline to submit online contestant registration form, Executive Summary, and Elevator Video Pitch video.

Friday, May 12, 2017

FPP announces finalists who are invited to compete in final competition at the 2017 MBA Women’s Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas.

Friday, May 19, 2017
by 6:00 p.m. CST

Deadline for invited teams to confirm commitment to compete.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Finalists compete in the Forté Power Pitch Competition and participate in Awards Ceremony.


General Eligibility

The competition is for MBA students enrolling in or currently enrolled in a full- or part-time basis at a Forté sponsor school. This includes students who graduated, or will graduate in 2017 and those who have confirmed their enrollment plans for the school’s next enrollment date. Teams must be women-led and a majority of team members must be women (50% or more). A woman team member must present in the video pitch and in the live Power Pitch Competition.

Forté Power Pitch Presentation on June 18

Following the Round 1 review, 4-6 teams will be invited to participate in the Power Pitch Presentation at the Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference in June.

The Power Pitch Presentation should be based on information outlined in the executive summary and must be no longer than 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the judges. The pitch deck is limited to no more than 12 slides. Contestants should consider the overall presentation including content, delivery, and audience impact. Finalists must be physically present and give the Power Pitch Presentation live. No pre-recorded or virtual pitches will be allowed.


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Judges & Consultants

2017 Power Pitch Judges TBA

Thank you to our panel of judges and consultants for supporting the 2016 Forté Power Pitch Competition

  • Randi Brosterman Hutchens, Principal (Retired), Deloitte Consulting LLP, Forté Board of Directors
  • Dr. Frida Polli, Founder and CEO, Pymetrics
  • Sara Brand, Founder & General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
  • Elaine Hagan, Executive Director, Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of California Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management)
  • Nicole Irvin, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Sohana Punithakumar, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Surface
  • Elana Fine, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland (Smith School of Business)
  • Laura Kilcrease, Founder and Managing Director, Triton Ventures; Entrepreneur in Residence, The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal, The University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business)


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