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Orange Tank Pitch Competition

The Whitman School of Management’s eighth annual Orange Tank business pitch competition will be held on Sept. 30, 2022, at 2 p.m. in the Helaine and Marvin Lender Auditorium.

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 will pitch their business venture to a panel of accomplished judges and vie for part of the $42,000 in cash prizes. Monetary awards will be given to the ventures finishing in first ($5,000), second ($2,500) and third ($1,000) place in both the student and alumni categories. A grand prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the competition’s top overall finisher among the two first-place ventures, so contestants will be competing for as much as $30,000.

Three alumni and three student ventures have been 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

Register to attend the event in person.

Can't make it to the event? Watch it live on Zoom. Register to attend the event virtually.

Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed information to join the event. Questions? Please contact Liz Holloway, alumni engagement coordinator, at