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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 29, 2019.



How to Enter

The 2019 competition is now closed for entries. Please review the 2019 Forté Power Pitch Guidelines.

2019 Schedule

March 21, 2019

We are no longer accepting entries for the 2019 Power Pitch competition.

May 3, 2019

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

May 17, 2019

Forté announces finalists who are invited to compete in final competition at the 2019 MBA Women's Leadership Conference in Chicago.

May 23, 2019
by 12:00 p.m. CT

Deadline for invited teams to confirm commitment to compete.

June 29, 2019
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 on a full- or part-time basis at a Forté sponsor school. This includes students who graduated or will graduate in 2019, 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 29, 2019

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 five minutes of Q&A from the judges. Finalists must be physically present and give the Power Pitch presentation live. No pre-recorded or virtual pitches will be allowed. Additional details will be provided to the finalists.


  • $10,000 in cash prizes awarded. Additional details coming soon.

Judges & Consultants

2019 Power Pitch Judges


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