Microsoft Community Impact Pitch-off

Present your idea leveraging Microsoft’s assets and initiatives to address an important challenge in your community. At the Community Impact Pitch-Off event, judges from Microsoft and the local community will select a winning idea. The winning team will take home $1,000 in prize money and $5,000 in implementation funds to start putting their plan into action!

By participating in a Community Pitch-off Event, you will have the opportunity to leverage Microsoft’s assets and initiatives to address an important challenge in your community. Judges from Microsoft and the local community will select a winning idea and the team will take home $1,000 in prize money and $5,000 in implementation funds to start putting their plan into action. 

By participating in this opportunity, you will gain greater understanding of how to assess local challenges and create a strategy to address them. Leverage collaborations and local resources, and gain demonstrable experience in taking an idea into a fully developed project.  

Learn more about the pitch-off topics and criteria being used to evaluate submissions by downloading the pitch-off brief.

ActiveGroupUnited StatesWinning team gets $1,000 prize and $5,000 to implement their idea in the spring
  • Live pitch-off events will be held at the University of Illinois Chicago (Chicago, IL) and in the city of Des Moines, IA
  • Students from schools in surrounding areas are invited to participate
  • Teams of 2-5 students in participating areas may submit proposals
  • Proposals must be designed for implementation in the corresponding local community

 

  • Winning team receives $1,000 prize and $5,000 seed money to implement their idea in the spring
  • Access to virtual and live feedback from Microsoft and Net Impact
  • Gain greater understanding of how to assess local challenges and create a strategy to address them. Leverage collaborations and local resources, and gain demonstrable experience in taking an idea into a fully developed project

 

  • October 4: Applications open
  • December 13th: submissions deadline
  • December 16th: finalists notified
  • Mid- January: finalist teams attend a virtual prep session to strengthen their pitch
  • Third week of January: campuses host live pitch-off events
  • Spring 2020: winning teams implement their projects 
  • What are the proposals and how will they be judged?
    • Proposals should be 500 words or less and turned in via the Net Impact website. Proposals will be judged according to the criteria provided in the pitch-off 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 virtual pitch-off prep session?
    • The virtual prep session 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 to build a successful pitch.
  • 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?

 

Teams of 2-5 students in participating areas may submit proposalsDeadline to apply: December 13, 2019Open to AllMicrosoft Community Impact Pitch-off is supported by Microsoft