Social Impact Business Pitch Night

Social Impact Business Pitch Night


This unique competition, presented in collaboration by the National Institute for Social Impact and UCCS College of Business, asks students to pitch their best social impact business ideas to local leaders. Not only do participants get a chance to win up to $3,000 in cash prizes, but you'll also get the opportunity to practice your business innovation/presentation skills and add a great extracurricular to your resume.

What is a social impact business? Social impact businesses have a clearly stated higher purpose and culture, exist to solve a social issue, and/or consider commercial and social goals to be equally critical in business. Real-world examples of social impact businesses include: TOMS, Grove Collaborative and GoodRx. 

Pitch submissions are open now! Five pitches will be selected prior to the event, then will compete for the top three placings on Monday, November 7th, 2022 at UCCS Downtown (102 S. Tejon St., Ste. 105-A) from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM.




Pitch Night is open to all students at UCCS - regardless of major or degree year. Students can participate individually or teams with a max of 5 members. On Pitch Night, five individuals/teams will compete amongst each other to see who takes home the $3,000 cash prize!

Cash prizes: 

  • 1st place - $3,000 
  • 2nd place - $1,500
  • 3rd place - $500 
Pitch Night Schedule - November 7th at UCCS Downtown

5:30: Doors open for networking and food

6:00: NI4SI Welcome, introductions, community ask

6:15 - 7:00: Pitches begin, 10 minute pitch with 10 minute Q&A (3 companies pitch). 

7:00 - 7:30: Winners announced, networking

What to Include in Pitch Presentations

Individuals/Teams Must Answer the Following in Their 10 Minute Pitch. 
  • Introduction
    1. Introduce yourself/team and your business.
    2. How long have you been in operation or what is your timeline goal to take your products or services to market?
  • How Does Your Business Work
    1. What does your business do?
    2. What is the problem you are trying to address?
    3. Why is this your passion?
    4. Who are your key customers and why do you believe they want/need your product?
    5. Do you have proof of success? Sales and/or revenue figures that would be useful to illustrate your point?


  • Vision
    1. Describe your vision for the short-term. How do you plan on achieving this vision?
    2. Describe your vision for the long-term market. 
      • How and why will your business remain relevant?
      • How do you plan on achieving this vision?
  • Challenges and Opportunities

    What could make your business fail? Be honest, this reassures the audience you have thought about this and are actively working towards preventing this. 

  • The "Ask"
    1. What "asks"/help are you looking for? This can be financial, distribution, technical or any other needs.
    2. How will you use this resource and why?