Create Business Idea Pitch

CREATE (Creating Real Entrepreneurial Actions Through Education) is a business idea pitch competition open to all University of Tampa students who believe they have an idea that can become a real business. Students with the best business concepts are selected to go through an entrepreneurial boot camp which covers topics such as marketing, management, finance and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the boot camp, students will showcase their presentation and compete for cash prizes.

CREATE cash prizes:

1st place: $1,500
2nd place: $1,000
3rd place: $500

Business Group Participants of the 2011-2012 Final Pitch Competition

Key Dates

Monday, Sept. 23
5 p.m. entry deadline to present idea

Click here for the competition entry form

Friday, Sept. 27
Business Idea Pitch Competition
JS134, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4
Bootcamp #1
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11
Bootcamp #2
10 a.m. - noon

Business Judges Judges of the 2011-2012 Final Pitch Competition

Friday, Oct. 18
Bootcamp #3
10 a.m. - noon

Friday, Oct. 25
Bootcamp #4
10 a.m. - noon

Friday, Nov. 1
Bootcamp #5
10 a.m. - noon

Friday, Nov. 8
Final Pitch Competition
Reeves Theatre, 9 – 11 a.m.

Questions? Please contact Mary Jo Jackson at

CREATE is sponsored by the Sykes College of Business Entrepreneurship Center.


Award money is subject to all local, state and federal taxes where applicable.