Date: May 17, 2023
Location: Virtually (Online) to Ensure Accessibility to High School Students Everywhere!
"Innovations start in numerous ways and Planet Pitch delivers an environment and support system for high school students to develop solutions that can literally change the world. Students work in teams, experiment, learn from failures and imagine beyond boundaries."
Planet Pitch is an exciting new international high school social entrepreneurship pitch competition. The event will be held virtually (online) to ensure access to all.
When does Planet Pitch take place? The final competition will occur on May 17th, 2023, at noon Central Time (U.S.) virtually (online) to ensure access to all. The competition is open to any high school student whose teacher is a current member of the Entrepreneurship Educators Association.
What is social entrepreneurship? Social entrepreneurship is an approach by individuals, groups, start-up companies, or entrepreneurs, developing, funding, and implementing solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. The organizations can be profit organizations or non-profits organizations.
Inclusivity is part of our mission. We are here to help high school teachers build innovators regardless of school financial resources, family income, or geography. So, Planet Pitch is international, held virtually (online) and there is no fee to enter.
Who is eligible? Any high school student of an Entrepreneurship Educators Association teacher member.
What can students win? Students will qualify for money to be used for their businesses or to fund their college/university education.
The sponsorship amounts we raise will determine the amount of money available. We will have this available no later than January 30th, 2023.
Where do I start? Students begin by identifying one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that they would like to address. Next they develop ideas of projects that could become for profit or non-profit entities to address the selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are in the graphic below and there is a link for more details to the United Nations website.
Are their separate categories for ideas vs existing projects/businesses? Yes, we want encourage all students to engage in social entrepreneurship.
Therefore, there will be two separate categories.
1) Idea Stage - No current users nor customers.
2) Growth Stage - Has current users and/or customers.
Does my idea have to be a non-profit or not-for-profit? No, You can pitch an idea or existing project/organization that is a for profit or non-profit/not-for-profit.
You can select as many or as few United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as you like. Ultimately, it would be best to choose the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals you feel most passionate about.
Also, go to the United Nations Website, where you can learn about the United Nations and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Just click United Nations Sustainable Development Goals here, then click on the arrow on the right of each box to learn more.
Higher educational institutions, companies, and other organizations that want to create awareness of educational or career opportunities for innovative, socially-conscious students can contact us here.
Qualifying High School Students(whose teachers are members of the Entrepreneurship Educators Association) submit an online startup application that provides an overview of their business model no later than Wednesday, April 26th, 2023, at noon Central Time (U.S.) Late applications will not be accepted. The application is at the bottom of this page.
Judges will review the applications based on the following criteria:
1) Viability of addressing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
2) Size of the Market Opportunity (Number of people or organizations helped).
3) Level of Innovation of the Product or Service.
4) Competitive Advantage.
5) Viability of the Revenue Model.
6) Marketing and Sales Planning.
Teachers will be notified by email whether their students reached the competition based on the strength of the application no later than Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023, at noon Central Time (U.S.).
Even if students do not reach the Planet Pitch Competition, we highly recommend that teachers and their students watch the competition (either live streamed or recorded event).
Planet Pitch will take place on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023, at 12 pm (noon) Central Time and will be live streamed with access to anyone with a High-Speed Internet Connection.
There will be eight finalist teams (up to 3 students per team) in each category (Idea and Growth). Each team will deliver an 8-minute pitch with 5 minutes for judges' questions. Students presenting will be responsible for their pitch's video and audio quality (so practicing with audio and video will be critical).
Pitch slides will be shared via Google Slides no later than Monday, May 15th, 2023, at 5 pm Central Time.
All contestants, if 18 years old or older, must sign photo release forms no later than May 10th, 2023. For those students under 18 years old, their parents or legal guardians will need to sign the paperwork.
Press announcements will be distributed by the Entrepreneurship Educators Association.
Questions can be submitted in the Contact page of this website.
Startup Guides, LLC (Entrepreneurship Education Association Parent Company) reserves the right to modify the competition however necessary).