Students Can Win $3,000 in Bulldog B.I.T.E. Pitch Competition


Students with an affinity for business can submit their ideas for the annual Bulldog B.I.T.E. elevator pitch contest until Oct. 27.

An elevator pitch outlines the concept or idea for a product, service or project in a short period of time, typically from 30 seconds to three minutes. The length of the pitch mirrors the time spent waiting for and riding an elevator in a high-rise building. The purpose of the pitch is to spur the interest of a potential investor or financial backer.

Bulldog B.I.T.E., which stands for Building Innovation by Truman Entrepreneurs, is a “Shark Tank”-like competition that allows Truman students to pitch a for-profit or not-for-profit concept for a product, service or project. It is open to any Truman student, or team of students up to three members, enrolled during the fall semester.

Students will submit a concept or idea for a product, service or project in a video pitch no longer than two minutes by 10 p.m. Oct. 27. The video should not include any props, except the product prototype, and should be one continuous shot.

Six teams will be selected to attend a live pitch competition at 2:15 p.m. Nov. 16 to present their concept to a panel of judges. The top three finalists receive financial awards: first place will receive the Amanda Gioia Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award of $3,000, second place will receive $2,000 and third place will receive $1,000.

The Bulldog B.I.T.E. is sponsored by Villhard Growth Partners and is coordinated on campus by the Office of Advancement. For complete details and entry information, visit