Pitch Johnny Competition

Pitch Johnny 2022

Building a Sustainable Enterprise; Entrepreneurship Done Right.


Pitch Johnny Rules and Guidelines (subject to change) Apply Now!

The Pitch Johnny Competition is open to all students at St. John’s University.

Pitch Johnny 2022 launches on September 12th!

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? The Pitch Johnny Competition is the competition for you! Students will have the opportunity to develop video style pitches and compete over the course of an entire semester for a chance to earn seed money to start and grow their innovations.

Pitch Johnny Details 

Round 1: Submit your pitches!

Submission Due Date
November 1st, 2022 (For All Students)

Students develop a 2 min video pitch & 1 paragraph description of a business idea and submit it into one division and a track within that division.

  • For Profit Division (Contains 2 Tracks): 
    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
  • Not-For-Profit/Social Entrepreneurship Division (Contains 1 Track):
    • Non-Profit
      • If the Business is a Social Enterprise, it must be submitted to this track, regardless of any other potential qualifications.
  • High School Division (Contains 1 Track):
    • High School

Round 1 Evaluation by Judges
November 1th  – November 7th
 (For University Students) 

University students will be pre-screened by a team of elite judges (entrepreneurs, faculty, alumni, etc) and they will select a total of 15 pitches to move on into the popular vote 

  • 10 Pitches from the “For-Profit” Division: (5) Undergraduate (5) Graduate 

  • 5 Pitches from the “Social Entrepreneurship” Division: (5) Non-For-Profits 

Round 2: Popular Vote

November 7th – November 18th 

Video pitches selected to go to the popular vote will be judged by an online popular vote during a 2 week period, November 7th – November 18th 2022

Round 3: Final Round

December 3rd, 2022 - University Students
December 10th, 2022 - High School Students

Contestants win the Online Popular Vote will also compete in a live final pitch-off on our Queens Campus, where they will do a live pitch (no video) against the other competitors within their division and judged by a select group of entrepreneurs, alums, and faculty members. 

The Final Winners will be selected by a combination of online popular vote and the final judge panel. 

  • The online popular vote will count for 40% towards their final rankings 

  • The final judge panel will count towards for 60% towards their final rankings 


For-Profit DivisionNot-For-Profit/Social EntrepreneurshipHigh School

1st Prize: $1,000

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $250

1st Prize: $1,000

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $250

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $300

3rd Prize: $100

**There will also be a special award for the best ​entrepreneurial idea promoting Equity and Inclusivity.

Students with further questions about Pitch Johnny please contact:

Kevin James or Christine Munch
St. Augustine Hall, Second Floor
[email protected]

For further questions about judging or sponsoring Pitch Johnny please contact:
Luca Iandoli
St. Augustine Hall, 2-136
[email protected]

Your One-Stop Guide to Pitch Johnny!

Click here to download the 2022 Pitch Johnny Introduction

Videos and Tips on How to Create the Perfect Pitch

You are welcome to, and definitely not limited to, view the following links for tips on pitching your innovative idea.

Rules and Format

Click here to view the Pitch Johnny rules and format.

Create the Perfect Pitch Workshop