The Collegiate Challenge is now being cast.
Read this post to find out how students can apply for season 2. Registration closes November 1.
The Collegiate Challenge is one of our favorite face-offs of the season. For Season 5, we are going to produce 13 television shows that will be videotaped at the New England School of Communications on the Husson University campus at the end of January of 2020. Each episode of Greenlight Maine pits two competitors against each other to see who has the stronger, more scalable business plan. We welcome businesses at any state of development to apply. Whether your idea is a rough concept just taking shape or a full-fledged, well-constructed business model, if you have a plan, we would love to see you bring it to the Greenlight stage.
The 13 semi-finalists will compete in a pitch-off to determine the 3 best entrepreneurs in a non-televised, judged event. And in a final showdown, the 3 finalists pitch against one another to determine who is the winner of the Collegiate Challenge and the $25,000 cash prize. How far will you be able to take your business with that cash prize?
If you are an enrolled student at Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, College of the Atlantic, Husson, Maine College of Art, Maine Maritime, St. Joseph College, Maine Community colleges, St, Thomas College, Unity, University of Maine, University of New England, or the University of Southern Maine, you are invited to enter. Each school determines the best student submission. The initial pitch-off will occur on Saturday, November 16, at the Thomas College Campus. It is the culminating event of the “Converge and Create Weekend” that is sponsored by the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation. At this level, each competitor is anonymous, identified only by a number. Neither your name nor your college will be known to the judges.
Each presenter will pitch the judges for no longer than 3 minutes. The judges then follow up with a 10 minute Q & A. Use props and prepare a Powerpoint presentation to accompany your speech. You will be judged on a set of criteria; each of which is worth 20% of your final score. These are scalability, feasibility, overall quality of a business idea, innovation, and ability to keep business in Maine. Take a look at some of the footage from last year’s outstanding competitors and start practicing your pitch. If you are a college student who has a big idea that could really disrupt the market and change business in our state,
Apply to be the second season winner of the Greenlight Maine Collegiate Challenge now. It’s not yet too late!