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The Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur is a driver of innovation. Entrepreneurs add value to ideas that transform communities, improve systems, and create products or services that change the way we interact with our world and with each other. Their impact can be intellectual, cultural, social or financial. They come from a wide variety of professional sectors and a range of academic disciplines.

The Idea

The Pitch is an entrepreneurial contest that will help one student bring his or her big idea to life. Students interested in participating in The Pitch will be supported at every stage of the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation to implementation. The winner will receive up to $10,000 toward transforming their idea into reality.

The Challenge

Submit a proposal, following the guidelines presented on the Application. If selected as a semi-finalist, you will be paired with a mentor with entrepreneurial experience to help strengthen your proposal. After a round of revision, the semi-finalists will be narrowed to five finalists who will participate in The Pitch for a chance to win up to $10,000.

The Pitch Documents

2014-15 Pitch Application

2014-2015 Rules and Waiver

2012-2013 Proposal Rubric

Dean's Approval Form



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The Pitch Winner on "Art of the CEO"

The Pitch 2015

Bentsi-Enchill '17 Wins The Pitch

Students Join Innovation Institute

Singer '13 Launches Train Gum

SpaceVinyl Wins Entrepreneurial Contest

The Pitch Finalists Present Wednesday

Wroblewski Takes Home Top Prize

Shark Tank Move Over

“The Pitch” Top 10 Named

“The Pitch” Offers Chance of a Lifetime



603 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-4550
E-Mail: Leadership@hws.edu


Sam Singer, a Pitch finalist in 2011-2012, continues to work on TRAIN Gum, an all-natural chewing. Recently, he has partnered with a Massachusetts-based firm in order to expand TRAIN. Currently, he taking orders on his website. Additionally, six stores (including the HWS College Store) are carrying TRAIN Gum and it will be featured at three Farmer’s Markets (Brookline, Waltham and Watertown) this summer. Check out the TRAIN Gum Facebook page for more updates.

Mimi Mahoney '14, a Pitch finalist in 2012-2013, was accepted to the Clinton Global Initiative University where she plans to further her work on her non-profit idea, “Connecting Smiles,” which serves individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Matthew Mead '13, a 2012-213 Pitch finalist, introduced Hempitecture, which is architecture firm that designs building materials with industrial hemp-based products. He is currently working with an organization in Idaho to build a Hempitecture building. He and his partner recently launched a Kickstarter campaign and exceeded their funding goal of $25,000. For more info check out the Hempitecture page.