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Arts Entrepreneurship - PitchFest 2020

Enter PitchFest 2020, an Arts Entrepreneurship Competition!


The Arts Entrepreneurship Department is looking for big ideas that have a meaningful impact on the community, generate economic opportunity for artists and designers, and can be carried out in an environmentally sustainable way. For a second year, PitchFest returns with cash awards to help turn those ideas into reality.


What is PitchFest?

The Arts Entrepreneurship Department PitchFest is a competition event, supplemented with ongoing workshops that offer insights, mentorship and tools for launching creative ventures. Artists and designers are powerful creative problem solvers and this competition gives MCAD undergraduates the opportunity to hone their skills in developing and pitching a creative venture. PitchFest is an exciting opportunity for MCAD undergraduates to stretch their creative thinking, consider how they can impact the world, and win some fantastic award money.

The goal of this competition is to spark innovation by supporting student-led initiatives that build community and create opportunity for artists and designers. Undergraduate students from all majors are invited to bring ideas forward. The challenge is to combine your creativity with logic, analysis, and persuasion to win over the audience and the judges--a panel of entrepreneurs, changemakers, alumni, and supporters of MCAD.

In 2018, the Arts Entrepreneurship Department hosted the inaugural PitchFest. 24 applications were submitted to the competition and 12 were selected as finalists. Finalists were matched with mentors who helped them prepare for their final presentations on April 5th, 2019. First, second, and third place, as well as the audience favorite, won cash prizes totaling $10,000. 


How Do I Enter?

If you're interested in participating but not sure how to proceed, there are several opportunities to get more information:

  • Review the "How to Enter" section for basic guidelines and how to apply.
  • Watch the video tutorial on how to apply.
  • Attend the PitchFest Info session in the College Center on January 27! See the schedule of important dates.
  • Email Tricia Heuring, or Stephen Rueff, with questions and to get some personalized assistance.
  • Join PitchFest coordinators Tricia Heuring and Stephen Rueff in the Campus Center on Monday, Feb 10, 12:00–1:00 p.m. for a last-minute application review. The session is informal and applications/ideas will be reviewed on a first come - first serve basis. Feel free to stop in anytime during the lunch hour. Tricia and Stephen will be ready to answer any final questions, work out blanks in your budget template, refine your application responses and more. Don’t miss out on applying for PitchFest 2020! Applications are due Feb 10 at midnight.

Why Should I Enter?

  • Pitches are only five minutes long!
  • Entering PitchFest allows you to develop and refine your ideas into a viable creative venture. 
  • All applicants will have access to workshops, and finalists will receive mentors and coaching. 
  • It's a great opportunity to an entrepreneurial edge to your portfolio or resume.

Prize money can be used to make your idea a reality! Awards are:

  • First Place - $5,000 
  • Second Place - $2,500
  • Third Place - $1,500
  • Audience Favorite (not receiving one of the awards above) - $1,000

Both award winners and other contestants from PitchFest 2019 went on to:

  • Refine their ventures
  • One team was hired by a mentor for consulting work
  • One team raised over $15,000 through a crowdfunding campaign
  • One finalist is working with a Juror to further develop the idea