On Thursday, Feb. 27, LaunchU will offer Southern students the opportunity to pitch business ideas to compete for win cash prizes and a trip to San Diego. The event will be hosted by “Bring It,” a student-led business service project sponsored by Enactus. It will take place in the Thatcher Chapel from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and cultural credit will be offered.
“First place gets $5,000, second place gets $3,000, and third place gets $2,000,” according to Jonathan Zeismer, a senior computer science major and project manager of Bring It. “First and second place winners will also have the opportunity to go to the finalists pitch competition in San Diego.
According to Zeismer, there will be a total of 10 groups pitching their business ideas. Some of the projects presented include a horse riding therapy business, a web development company, and a health food vending machine.
Students will present their business ideas in front of an audience and panel of judges. The judges panel consists of various individual business owners.
This will be Bring It’s second pitch competition. However, this year’s event is sponsored by CO.LAB, an Adventist business organization that supports entrepreneurial growth and reached out to Southern’s business department the summer of 2019.
CO.LAB is also sponsoring pitch competitions at Oakwood University, Walla Walla University and Pacific Union College. Finalists of each event will have the chance to go to the Moxie pitch competition in San Diego.