Entrepreneurship Academy

Bulldog Pitch Competition


Do you have the next BIG IDEA?

Do you have an interest in entrepreneurship? Or an innovative idea you want to pitch? What about a problem to solve? Want to hear feedback and network with industry professionals who own and operate businesses? Enter now to gain practice essential to entrepreneurship and pitching innovations, a chance to win a cash prize, and mentorship as you cultivate your business idea.

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  • Apply by Thursday, February 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM
  • Eligibility: The Bulldog Pitch Competition is open to all Bowie State undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled and in good academic standing. Individuals and teams (not to exceed four people) are eligible to enter this competition. Participants may have only one entry (as an individual or as member of a team). We encourage team collaboration across disciplines, but it is not a requirement. 
  • Idea categories: Ideas in a variety of categories are acceptable, including sustainability, urban social entrepreneurship, social media, information technology, financial services, healthcare, public administration, arts and sciences, education, behavioral sciences and human services, psychology and social work.
  • Mentoring: One-on-one coaching is available for students who need help to fully-develop their idea. 


  • February – Bulldog Pitch Competition Information Sessions

    The session will offer students key perspectives on idea generation, the entrepreneurial mindset, customer discovery and descriptive writing. Additionally, there is an opportunity for one-on-one coaching with successful entrepreneurs and business executives who are members of the Entrepreneurship Academy Advisory Board.

    All sessions will be held in the Student Hatchery, 1st Floor, Center for Business and Graduate Studies, Room unless otherwise noted.

    February 4, 4:00 – 4:30 pm
    February 5, 12:00 – 12:30 pm (Online – RVSP to dajayi@bowiestate.edu)
    February 6, 10:00 – 10:30 am
    February 7, 11:00 – 11:30 am (Online – RVSP to dajayi@bowiestate.edu)
    February 13, 3:30 – 4:00 pm  
    February 17, 3:00 – 3:00 pm         
  • February - March – Entrepreneurship Mentoring Sessions
    Representatives from SCORE and the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be available for mentoring sessions by appointment.
  • February 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. – Application Deadline
    Teams will receive feedback shortly thereafter. The judging criteria for the first round include: opportunity recognition, innovation and problem solution.
  • February 27, 2020 – Quarter Final
  • February 28, 2020 –Top 12 Competitors will be notified
    Those who did not make the top 12 will also receive notification on the Feb 27.
  • March 26, 2020 – Semi-Round Bulldog Pitch Presentations
    The top 12 competitors will present. Teams will have 2-3 minutes to present their pitch to the judges. Judges will have 2-3 minutes of questions. Judges will select the top six finalists who will then present on April 3rd. The judging criteria for the second round include presentation, innovation, opportunity, solution and business model.
  • March 30-April 9, 2020– Group and one-on-one coaching sessions for the six (6) finalists
  • April 16, 2020, 2:00- 5:00 p.m., Student Center - Final Round Bulldog Pitch Competition Presentation
    The top six competitors will present in front of live audience. Finalists will have 5 minutes to present.


(For winning teams, cash prizes will be equally divided among members)

• 1st Place: $1,000
• 2nd Place: $750
• 3rd Place: $250
• Crowd Favorite: $250


For questions, email jolanbiwonnu@bowiestate.edu


2020 Bulldog Pitch Competition Application

Participant 1 Classification
Participant 1 College*
By checking this box, I acknowledge that participants will retain all rights to their idea regarding its use at all times prior to and following the competition except outlined below. BSU will not ask judges, reviewers, staff or audience to agree to or sign non-disclosure statements for any participant.*