Brave Pitch Competition

Brave Pitch Resources

Competition Rules


Wake up in the middle of the night with a creative idea?  Have an innovation that will change the world?  Consumed with solutions to help the environment, answers to a societal problem, or the next huge social media sensation? If so, Bradley’s Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation wants to give you money for pitching your idea!

Brave Pitch is an "elevator pitch" competition where students have three minutes to describe a new idea, innovation, or social venture to a panel of judges and the student audience.   The best three pitches win cash prizes, and the first place winner also earns an all-expense paid trip to the annual conference of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization.  If you have ever wondered whether others thought your idea had merit, now is your chance.

How to Enter

To enter the competition, email a brief description of the idea to the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at: before 5 p.m. October 1, 2017

Competition Details

The competition will be held on October 3, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Westlake Hall, room 130.  All participants will have three minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of judges.  No PowerPoint presentations or other visual tools may be used.  You are allowed to show a prototype.  Winners will be announced immediately after the competition ends.


The Brave Pitch Competition is open to all Bradley University students (undergraduate and graduate). You may enter as an individual participant or as part of a student team of up to four people. A student may only participate in one entry, i.e., either as an individual or a member of a team.  The Brave Pitch Competition welcomes ideas of any kind, including:

  1. Products or Services
    New products, services, or innovations that meet a need in the marketplace, or improvements on existing products or services.
  2. Social or Environmental Problems
    Ideas that will improve or eliminate a societal problem, including solutions to environmental concerns.
  3. Engagement in the Arts
    Creative ways to engage more people in the arts, increasing appreciation for the arts and their importance in society, making art more accessible, or ideas for commercializing art.
  4. Commercializing Bradley Research
    Creative commercial applications of research performed by faculty and/or students.
  5. Improvements to the Campus or Campus Life
    Innovative ideas that would enrich the student experience or that will save Bradley money.

Judging Process

Judging will be performed by a panel of judges (seasoned business professionals) .  The scoring will be based on the following criteria: definition of the problem/opportunity; solution to the problem/opportunity; impact of the solution; feasibility; and presentation style.  Additional detail on the scoring criteria can be found by clicking “Judging Criteria”.


The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $250, $100 for second, and $50 for third place.

For further information, call Ken Klotz at 677-3882 or email: