On November 18, Full Sail University hosted the final installment of the Pitch! Competition in the Treehouse on campus. Pitch! is Full Sail’s business model pitch competition, open to campus and online students with scholarship prizes awarded to the top three finalists.
While coming up with a business model to pitch to the judges, students created a slideshow presentation, prepared a speech, and printed out a fully developed business model. The judges made critiques based on clarity, subject knowledge and expertise, and if the proposed venture was feasible.
Entertainment Business Master’s student Mary Rowden was selected as a finalist and had one week to prepare her presentation. With the help of her assigned mentor, Mary pitched the idea of a membership-style art studio, or “Michaels meets Planet Fitness,” as she called it.
Mary stood behind a podium with organized notes as she went slide by slide, presenting and answering the judge’s questions as they sat before her, scribbling notes and providing constructive criticism as she wrapped up. In the end, Mary’s pitch won the judges over, and she was awarded a scholarship for third place.
This year’s first-place winner of the Pitch! scholarship contest was Film student Stephen Pace for his creation of the Sushi Pro, an innovative machine that automatically rolls sushi for you. The second place scholarship was awarded to Mobile Development student Jason Crispell for his mood application to assist those with depression.