Paladin Pitch Competition
April 11, 2024 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

About The Program

Application

Applications Due: March 1st, 2024 by 11:59 PM 

Cost

Free

Course Breakdown

5+ weeks one:one training sessions with Hill Institute team and speech consultant

Paladin Pitch Competition: April 11th, 2024 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

Description

The Paladin Pitch Competition, established in 2019 is entering its 5th year here at Furman University. This exciting event showcases the innovative ideas of four student finalists who will pitch their new venture ideas to a panel of judges and a diverse audience of students, faculty, alumni, and community leaders. We have seen a vast variety of ventures grace the competition stage, from sustainable musical reeds, AI focused data analytic platforms to custom jewelry, our student ventures have it all!

Students compete to take home the $10,000 Johnny Flynn Paladin Pitch Award to support launching their entrepreneurial venture; second place will take home $2,000 while third receives $1,000. With a focus on creativity and entrepreneurship, the event helps fuel the translation of innovative ideas into action. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain valuable experience in presenting their ideas, networking, and building confidence in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

  • If interested in competing in our Paladin Pitch Competition, we encourage you to enter one of our Mini Pitch Competitions, designed to help students practice pitching and establish their ideas on a smaller stage. Winner’s of our Mini Pitch Competitions receive $500 towards their big idea!

Benefits

  • Winning up to $10,000 in grants and resources
  • Building a Successful Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Ideation and Design Thinking Principles
  • Creating and Executing a Winning Business Model
  • Capital Breakdown
  • Developing a Pitch Deck

Requirements

  • Must be a full-time Furman student
  • Must have an idea you are interested in pursuing

Typical Careers of Interest

  • This competition is designed for students interested in pursuing their idea by pitching live for a chance to win cash, grants and resources towards their ventures.

Alexa Valdovinos '25 | Paladin Pitch Winner '22

Major: Business and Sustainability

Founder, CEO; MonteValle

  • Created with sustainability and a passion for music at its core, MonteValle designs sustainable reeds for musicians. Alexa is currently piloting her company and is set to launch summer 2024. 

“The Paladin Pitch Competition allowed me to advance my entrepreneurial and public speaking skills while connecting with mentors who shaped my journey towards success in the start-up world”.

Learn More About Alexa

Ivan Agyaakwah '25 | Paladin Pitch Finalist '23

Major: Business

Founder, CEO; CollegeCoach

  • Connecting college and professional athletes with local aspiring soccer players to provide small group and one-to-one coaching and mentoring to increase homegrown soccer talent. Ivan is currently piloting his venture and plans to launch summer 2024.

“The Paladin Pitch Competition allowed me to advance my entrepreneurial and public speaking skills while connecting with mentors who shaped my journey towards success in the start-up world”.

Learn More About Ivan

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