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Orange Tank Pitch Competition

Thanks to the generosity of Whitman Advisory Council member and lifetime Syracuse University Trustee John Couri ’63 (A&S), current students and alumni entrepreneurs from the Whitman School can apply for a chance to pitch their business venture to a panel of accomplished judges and vie for part of the $42,000 in cash prizes. A grand prize of $25,000 is awarded to the competition’s top finisher. Monetary awards are given to the ventures finishing in first, second and third place in both the student and alumni category.

Three alumni and three student ventures are selected from the applicants to pitch at the competition. Those chosen will have five minutes to pitch, followed by five minutes of Q&A from the judges, who will be looking for:

  • Market potential
  • Differentiation and economic feasibility
  • Ability to protect intellectual property, technology
  • Sound execution strategy
  • Scalability of the business
  • Proposed use of finances
  • Expertise and abilities of the founder(s)
  • Quality of pitch

Thank you to the Whitman student and alumni entrepreneurs who participated in Orange Tank 2021 and to those who joined us in person and virtually. We look forward to hosting our 8th annual business pitch competition in 2022.