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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.

Competition Entry Form

CREATE cash prizes:

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

Key Dates

Info Sessions

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
2 - 2:30 p.m., Lowth Center

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
10 - 10:30 a.m., Lowth Center

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Entry deadline to present idea

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 
Business Idea Pitch Competition
9 a.m.–12 p.m., Lowth Center

Weekly bootcamp sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.:
Topic #1: Congratulation LUNCH and Entrepreneurial Journey
Topic #2: Ideas, Innovation and Creativity
Topic #3: Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs 
Topic #4: Sales and Marketing 
Topic #5: Finance
Topic #6: Management and Leadership 
Topic #7: Pitch Perfect 
Topic #8: Pitch Practice 

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Final Pitch Competition
9– 11:30 a.m., Lowth Center

Questions? Please contact Kevin Moore 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.