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Have a Business Idea?

Applications have closed, and the event was a success! Thanks to our sponsors, contestants, and the Innovo Scholar Society!

You could win up to $2500!! Enter to win and be selected to pitch your business idea at the Innovo Pitch Competition at Johnson C. Smith University where the top prize will be up to $2500 to launch or improve your business!

Pitch your business idea(2)Innovo Scholar Society and Smith Institute for Applied Research’s Innovo Laboratory have partnered with Queen City Forward to develop a pitch competition at Johnson C. Smith University.

Top prize is $2500

Yes, you read that right! One JCSU student will win up to $2500 to launch or improve their business, thanks to Wells Fargo’s Supplier Diversity sponsorship! Grand prize winner and the runner-up will win immediate membership into JCSU’s Innovo Scholar Society. If you have a business idea complete the three step process:

  1. Apply Here! by February 12th at 11:59pm    Be prepared to identify:
    • The problem your product or service solves
    • The solution to the problem your product or service solves
    • Your target market
    • A video describing your idea in 30 seconds or less (YouTube or Vimeo link)!
  2. Be prepared to pitch your idea February 19th at 2pm in the New Science Center Auditorium. You’ll find out if you’ve been selected for the final round.
  3. Commit to being present March 10th for the final round of pitches at 2pm in the New Science Center Auditorium.


February 12th   11:59pm Applications Due Innovo Pitch Competition Online Here

February 19th   2:00pm Innovo Pitch Competition: Semi-Final Round

March 10th       2:00 pm Innovo Pitch Competition: Final Round NSC Auditorium


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