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Forté Power Pitch Competition
Powering aspiring women entrepreneurs

This new 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 18, 2016.

Microsoft Surface

 

How to Enter

Competition is now closed to new entries.

Important Deadlines and Competition Dates

Saturday, June 18, 2016 (Noon - 5:00 p.m.): Round 2 - Finalists compete in the Forté Power Pitch competition and 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 2016 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. Additional requirements are listed in the 2016 Forte Power Pitch Competition guidelines.


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 10 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.

Please review the 2016 Forté Power Pitch Competition guidelines for a complete list of competition rules and instructions.


Prizes

  • The winning team of the Forté Power Pitch will be awarded:
    A cash prize of $7500 and a Microsoft Surface Book laptop.
  • Prizes for the Forté Power Pitch competition winners have been generously provided by
  • Microsoft Surface


Judges & Consultants

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

Round 1 Judges

  • Elana Fine, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland (Smith School of Business)
  • Randi Brosterman Hutchens, Principal (Retired), Deloitte Consulting LLP, Forté Board of Directors
  • Dr. Frida Polli, Founder and CEO, Pymetrics

Round 2 Judges

  • 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

Consultants

  • Elana Fine, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland (Smith School of Business)
  • Elaine Hagan, Executive Director, Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of California Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management)
  • 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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of startups have a female founder