Celebrating Innovation at St. John's!
Pitch Johnny 2021 launches on September 1st!
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!
This year, Pitch Johnny will be presented in a hybrid model! The Pitch Johnny 2021 edition will have both an online component and an in-person competition. This year students will have 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.
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.
Submission Due Dates October 29th, 2021 (For All Divisions and Tracks)
Round 1 Evaluation by Judges
November 1st – November 5th (For All Divisions and Tracks)
Students are pre-screened by a team of elite judges (entrepreneurs, faculty, alumni, etc) and they select a total of 9 pitches to move on into the popular vote
3 Pitches from the “For-Profit” Division: (1) Undergraduate (1) Graduate (1) Women
3 Pitches from the “Social Entrepreneurship” Division: (3) Non-For-Profits
3 Pitches from the “High School” Division: (3) High School
Video pitches selected to go to the popular vote will be judged by an online popular vote during a 2 week period, November 8th – November 17th 2021
Contestants who make it to 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. Finalists will have the option to compete remotely if they wish.
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
1st Prize: $1,000
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250
1st Prize: $500
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $100
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:
St. Augustine Hall, 2-136[email protected]
Click here to download the 2021 Pitch Johnny Introduction
You are welcome to, and definitely not limited to, view the following links for tips on pitching your innovative idea.
How to Pitch your Great Idea
What Every Pitch Presentation Must Have
Barclays UK: Make your Pitch Perfect – The Elevator Pitch
USA TODAY: 10 Tips for Making the Perfect Pitch
Elevator Pitch Examples with Chris Westfall
Click here to view the Pitch Johnny rules and format.
The Final 6 competed in their division's final and their final placement was be selected by a combination of the online popular vote (round 2) and the final judge panel (Round 3).
Watch the final round here:
Steve Farella ‘77SVCLarry Dunn ‘79SVCJenny AlonzoNick PlakorisProfessor John SwanProfessor Neil Feinstein Professor John LinProfessor William Reisel, Ph.D.
Moderator: Luca Iandoli, Ph.D