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Brave Pitch

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!

The Brave Pitch Competition is an elevator pitch competition in which students have three minutes to describe a new idea, innovation, or social venture to a panel of judges and a student audience. The top three pitches win cash prizes.

Who Can Compete?

The Brave Pitch Competition is open to all Bradley University students (undergraduate and graduate). Students may enter as an individual participant or as part of a student team of up to four people.

What types of ideas are eligible?

The Brave Pitch Competition welcomes ideas of any kind, including:

  • Products or Services:
    New products, services, or innovations that meet a need in the marketplace, or improvements on existing products or services.
  • Social or Environmental Problems:
    Ideas that will improve or eliminate a societal problem, including solutions to environmental concerns.
  • 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.
  • Commercializing Bradley Research:
    Creative commercial applications of research performed by faculty and/or students
  • 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 seasoned business professionals. The scoring will be based on the following criteria:

  • Definition of the problem/opportunity
  • Solution to the problem/opportunity
  • Feasibility
  • Impact of the solution
  • Presentation style


  • 1st: $250
  • 2nd: $100
  • 3rd: $50

Competition Details

  • The competition will be October 30, 2019, 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.
  • Students are allowed to show a prototype.
  • Winners will be announced immediately after the competition ends.

How Do I Sign Up?

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 28, 2019.

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