Orfalea College of Business and Kennedy Library Launch $25,000 Competition

Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library and Orfalea College of Business announce the launch of the 7th annual Pitch Perfect Competition, open to all Cal Poly students.

This year’s competition asks students to suggest ways Kennedy Library can foster cross-campus collaboration at Cal Poly. The Orfalea College of Business will offer $25,000 in prizes and funding throughout three rounds of competition.

“We are grateful for the generosity and vision of the Orfalea College of Business in partnering with Kennedy Library on this competition for the last seven years,” said Anna Gold, dean of library services. “We’re also proud of the ingenuity and creativity of the many students who’ve participated.  It’s because of them that this year’s competition includes, for the first time, funding that will bring students’ ideas to life.”

In the first round of the competition, students submit a 60-second video pitch about their ideas for how the library can foster interdisciplinary collaboration at Cal Poly. For the second round, winners of the video pitch are invited (but not required) to write a one-page business plan for the idea they pitched in their videos.

The student or team who submits the winning business plan moves into the third and final round, working with library staff and faculty on developing their idea with $20,000 in funding.

In addition to the potential cash awards, participating in the Pitch Perfect Competition is a way for students to build their professional portfolios by documenting their process and building career readiness. The theme acknowledges that interdisciplinary collaboration is important not just while students are at Cal Poly, but in their future careers.

“Career readiness remains one of our biggest goals here in the Orfalea College of Business,” said Dean Scott Dawson. “Opportunities like this empower students in business and beyond to work like professionals by collaborating on a project that can have lasting impact on our campus community. I’m eager to see what fresh ideas students will pitch.”

The deadline for the first round, the 60-second video pitch, is February 23, 2015.

For more information about the competition go to http://lib.calpoly.edu/events-and-exhibits/competitions/pitch-perfect/