Microsoft Community Impact Pitch-Off

Compete in a pitch-off competition and bring sustainable solutions to life in your community! Alongside your teammates, you will present a proposal that tackles pressing social, economic, and/or environmental issues affecting your area.

You can download the challenge brief here.

The Community Impact Pitch-Off is supported by Microsoft

Learn more about the pitch-off topic and submission criteria by reading the challenge brief.

Supported by MicrosoftGroupSelect SchoolsWinning team receives $6,000 seed money to implement their idea

Events will be held at Arizona State University, Texas State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Iowa

  • Students from schools in surrounding areas are invited to participate
  • Teams of 2-5 students in selected areas may submit proposals
  • Winning team receives $1,000 prize and $5,000 seed money to implement their idea
  • Access to virtual and live feedback from Microsoft experts
  • Opportunity to hone and pitch your community impact idea in front of a professional judging panel
  • October 3: Case available for download
  • October 30: Deadline to submit proposal
  • November 3: Finalists selected to attend webinar
  • First week of November: Webinar with Microsoft experts
  • November-January: Campuses host pitch-off events
    • Chicago, Illinois: November 14
    • Phoenix, Arizona: November 16
    • San Marcos, Texas: November 30 
    • Des Moines, Iowa: January 17

What are the proposals and how will they be judged?

Proposals should be 300 words or less and turned in via the Net Impact website. Proposals will be judged according to the criteria provided in the challenge brief, and should give a good sense of what teams expect to present in the live pitch-off event.

What should I expect on the webinar?

The webinar is an informal opportunity for you to connect directly with Microsoft and get feedback as you are building out your pitch. On the call, Microsoft will share a bit about its work and priorities, but most of the time will be devoted to your questions about your idea or Microsoft’s work as a whole. Attending the webinar is not mandatory for participants in the live event, but it is highly encouraged!

What is the event format?

At the live event, each team will have 5 minutes to present their pitch, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the judges. After all teams have presented, judges will deliberate and teams will participate in constructive feedback. At the end of the event, one team will be selected for the audience choice award, and one team will be announced the winner of the Microsoft Community Impact Pitch-Off and receive $6,000.

What technology can I use?

Slides and visual aids are a great way to showcase your idea, but are not necessary. If you would like to include video, please check with your local host school about technological capabilities. Keep in mind that 5 minutes is not much time to present, and video will take away from your team’s ability to share information about your proposal.

Additional questions?

Contact Jessica Asperger at

Teams of 2-5 students from select schoolsDeadline to submit initial proposal: October 30, 2018Apply NowChapter Exclusive