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Brave Pitch competition tests entrepreneurial skills

Students will have the opportunity to be brave and win cash prizes by pitching business innovations.

The Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is hosting its second Brave Pitch Competition at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in Baker room B51.The competition gives students up to three minutes to “pitch” their business idea to a panel of judges and the audience.

The pitch can be on a new product or service, improvements to an existing product or service, solutions for a social problem, improvements for campus, commercialization of Bradley research or increased engagement in the arts.

The first lace winner will receive a cash prize of $250, as well as an all-expense paid trip to the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) National Elevator Pitch Competition in Chicago. Second and third place winners will receive $100 and $50, respectively.

“Brave Pitch is an opportunity to test a student’s idea in front of a group of judges and see what kind of feedback they get,” said Managing Director of the Turner School Ken Klotz. “It’s really the most user-friendly business competition a student can enter.”

Students from any major can participate, and there are resources on the Turner School website to help guide students in the process. There will be no question and answer session or PowerPoint or multimedia assistance however, Klotz said.

Brave Pitch is only one of the entrepreneurial opportunities available to Bradley students, according to Gerald Hills, executive director of the Turner School.

“We are striving to offer substantial entrepreneurship learning experiences for at least 1,000 students annually,” Hills said. “One opportunity includes our new minor and Entrepreneurship Scholar program, in addition to several extracurricular experiences, including the Brave Pitch Competition.”

Senior and Bradley CEO President Ryan Miller said he recognizes the importance of students from all majors getting involved in entrepreneurial activities at Bradley.

“Entrepreneurship at its core isn’t just selling something or starting a business,” Miller said. “It is a set of parts that, when put together, can achieve something great, and … the Turner School helps students have a clear point of access for getting involved with anything entrepreneurial.”

Brave Pitch follows the recent release of Princeton Review entrepreneurship programs ranking, in which Bradley ranked 19th, up from 23rd last year.

Hills said the ranking rose due to faculty and students in all of the colleges coming together to create the Turner School program. He said hopes students will take a close look at all of the opportunities for involvement, such as Brave Pitch.

“Entrepreneurship activities at the college level offer interdisciplinary learning that bridges all the majors we offer,” Hills said. “Artists and genetic scientists can have the same dream about one day creating a business and developing an entrepreneurial mindset to see opportunities in the world we live in.”


Brave Pitch Competition

DEADLINE (to enter): Oct.5, 2013, 5 p.m.

Event: Oct. 8, 2013, 5 p.m., Baker Hall room B51

Contact: Ken Klotz (


BU CEO will be going to Hard Charge on Saturday from 7:30am-12:30pm. We will provide FREE rides there and back. We ask if you would like to come please email Ryan Miller @ or fill out the google doc on CEO’s FB page.

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