Individual students or teams may enter the competition.
Members of the team must be either undergraduate or graduate, currently enrolled at Southern Methodist University.
Students must be either part or full-time students in the semester of the competition.
Participants may not pitch a business that has already received funding greater than $10,000.
Students or teams who were awarded a prize in last year’s Pitch Competition may not pitch the same business or idea for this competition; they are eligible to compete again with different business concept. Ventures that did not receive prize money may be pitched.
The venture cannot be a wholly owned subsidiary of an existing company or non-profit organization.
Both for-profit and non-profit models are eligible, but the idea must incorporate an income-generating model that will lead to financial sustainability.
Individual participants cannot be a member of more than one team competing in the event.
The Competition Planning Committee reserves the right to address any circumstances in which the above rules do not apply. All decisions will be final. The Committee also reserves the right to clarify, amend, or change these rules when deemed necessary for fairness.