Panther Pitch 2020: It’s Still On

By: Devon Mello, Media Manager

dkm1016@plymouth.edu

According to the Event Manager Blog, “​Sixty-five percent of planners have never been involved in the process of planning a virtual event” (Source: ​Event Manager Blog​). Did you know Plymouth State’s Event Marketing class in only 6 weeks has been able to transform the Panther Pitch competition from an in-person to virtual event? Well you’re in luck! Despite the challengesof COVID-19, PSU will be celebrating the 5​th​ Annual Panther Pitch student innovationcompetition on November 9, and all PSU students are invited to join in. Dr. Bonnie Bechard, who teaches the Event Marketing course, says, “It is the entrepreneurial spirit of the students and their can-do attitude that is driving the success of this event along with a lot of support from our alumni and sponsors.”

This event allows students to present their ideas for new products or services, social or environmental ventures, and on-campus innovations to a panel of PSU Alumni, social entrepreneurs, as well as business executives. ​Prizes are awarded to finalists and students get toconnect with alumni and other successful business professionals in the field.​ Finalists are ranked upon several criteria including: creativity and innovation, clarification of the problem presented, clear solution to the problem addressed, target market, potential profitability, as well as the overall quality of the presentation.

Faculty advisors Bonnie Bechard, Ron Porter, and I&E Leader Howard Frederick remain hopeful that this event will carry on its unique legacy by bringing PSU together to hear the best and brightest student pitches and engaging with our expert judges and CEO and Co-Founder of Mimecast, Peter Bauer, who will deliver the keynote talk. However, through collaborative and efficient work with students and the Enactus student entrepreneurship club, this year’s event will be like no other. Their main intention to launch a successful event is to incorporate student engagement within each pitch simply by adding another category for students’ “Big Ideas”: a Campus Innovation category, which was generated by the students of the Event Marketing courses. In hopes of enriching the experience, the team has also incorporated a social hour prior to the start of the event so everyone can mingle amongst themselves.

And after much deliberation, the Panther Pitch will be held on November 9th, 6-9 p.m. If you are looking to apply, submission info is provided on the I&E Cluster website along with instructions of how to proceed with your submission. The deadline is set to be October 28 at 11:59pm, just before Halloween! Don’t wait up, and make sure to be on the lookout for Zoom invitations as those will be sent out soon!

Do you have what it takes to be the winner of the 5th Annual Panther Pitch? Let’s find out!