All great businesses start with just an idea. Maybe you have one you'd like to pursue?
Hatch It! Mocs Big Business Idea Competition is our fall pitch competition where a good idea can earn you some cash and start-up resources to get your business going.
We're looking for all sorts of new venture ideas from across UTC. Students in any major at either the undergraduate or graduate level are welcome to apply. You don't have to have all the details worked out, but you do need to prove that there is a market for your product or service, and that you are the right team to move this new venture forward. Applicants must be in a team of between 2 and 4 members.
All participants selected for the live pitch will have access to a pitch practice with local entrepreneurship mentors.
Prizes are $2,000 for First Place and $1,000 for Second Place. Plus each winner will receive free registration for a Co.Starters workshop and free mentoring from local legal and other firms.
Each entrant who makes it to the Live Pitch, but does not win first or second place, will receive $50 in Scrappy Cash on their Mocs Card.
This event is sponsored by the Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Applications are open for Fall 2021.
To apply, please complete the basic online Application Part 1 below and then download the pdf Application Part 2. Be sure to save the Application Part 2 with a unique name and email it to [email protected].
Application Part 1 (Online Form)
Application Part 2 (Fillable PDF)
- Friday, September 17: Application available online
- Friday, October 1: Application deadline
- Monday, October 11: Finalists for Live Pitch Notified
- Wednesday, November 3 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Live Pitch Competition
Pitch Location: Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and online via Zoom