Allegany County Startup Collegiate Pitch Competition is set for April 9

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Signup to sell your “pitch” for $5000 by March 1,

ALFRED, NY – The second annual Allegany County Startup Collegiate Pitch Competition will be hosted by Alfred University on Saturday, April 9, 2022.  The competition is titled “AHA!” as it involves students from Allegany County’s three institutions of higher education – Alfred University, Houghton College Alfred State College.

Teams of students will identify and solve a problem for sustainability and economic viability in the Allegany County Region.  The teams will have over a month to work cohesively together along with industry and academic mentors in the region, to come up with their “Startup Pitch” that will be presented to a panel of area business leaders. There is $6,500 total in cash prizes with the grand prize being $5,000.

The mission of this competition is to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit of our college students while helping solve some of the challenges of the area and grow small businesses.  The goal is also to engage and encourage young professionals to stay in Allegany County after graduation.

Pitch day will be a hybrid of virtual and live competition with students prerecording their pitches while the questions and review of the pitches by the judges will be live in person.  It will be broadcast via social media channels on Saturday, April 9, 2022, beginning at 1 pm.

Please email [email protected] or call (312) 799-1839 to sign up or get more information.  The deadline for registering is the week of March 1st.

The competition is put on by a committee of partners from Alfred University, Houghton College, Alfred State College, IncubatorWorks, Allegany County, Western NY Wilds, the ACCORD Corporation, and the Western New York Incubator Network.  The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) at Alfred University and Sealing Devices Inc. are also event sponsors.

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