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        Halloween Pitch Competition Guidelines

        The Auburn University Halloween Pitch Competition provides an opportunity for Auburn and Auburn University-Montgomery students to pitch their idea for a new business venture to a panel of judges and compete for a portion of $4,000 in early-stage seed capital provided by the Harbert College of Business as well as a $1,000 special category award from the Auburn University Thomas Walter Center. A panel of judges will select the top 20 business ideas and those teams will advance to the October 31st pitch round.

        Format of the competition and how to apply

        • Each team or individual will submit a one-page summary of their business idea as well as a three-minute video to by October 11th.
        • Advancing teams or individuals will be notified and sent an invitation with their assigned pitch time
        • Each team or individual will have three minutes to pitch their business idea
        • The judges will select the top four presentations
        • The first-place team or individual will be awarded $2,000 in startup capital, the second-place team or individual will be awarded $1,000, the third and fourth-place team or individual will be awarded $500 each.

        Questions or interested in learning more?

        • Attend the Halloween Pitch Competition and Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition kickoff meeting at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, August 27th or Thursday, August 29th in the Innovation Lab, Ground Floor, Horton-Hardgrave Hall. Pizza and soft drinks will be served.
        • Questions: e-mail

        Recognizing Your Excellence

        The Harbert College recognizes the hard work that goes into entering a pitch competition. Check out our previous winners and their ideas.

        • 2023

          In first place was Abglo, a fitness device that corrects lumbar position during core strength exercises, empowering trainers, and healthcare professionals to monitor the activation through visual and sensory feedback. Holli Michaels, Courtney Montague, (Samuel Ginn College of Engineering) and Marianne Madsen.

          In second place: Menu Match, Jessica Bloodsworth, Harbert College of Business, Third place: Glory EV, Olkaris Marandu, Harbert College of Business, Fourth place: Focus Friends, Abby Stansell, Harbert College of Business, Thomas Walter Center Special Category award: Elixa Industries, Leo Hall, Harbert College of Business.

        • 2022

          In first place was OMNIS, a crowdsourced social platform where individuals borrow money through community and peer-to-peer short-term, microloans and where others can borrow money to meet their immediate needs. – Zakariya Veasy, Engineering

          In second place: Rodopto, Scott Rowe; third place: Stretch & Go, Josh Green and Tristin Pettus; fourth place: BAE, William Murphy and Avery Arasin; Special Category award: AbGlo, Marianne Madsen, Holli Michaels, and Courtney Montague.

        • 2021

          Halloween Pitch Competition

          In first place was Move Day, an on demand moving app which instantly connects college students with movers each moving season - Brooks Fuller, Finance.

          In second place: Math+ - Wesley Lowman; Third place: Zenceipts – Will Murphy; Tied for Fourth place: Feature Finder – Zane Barbao and RNA Natural – Ivan Prusov and Christopher Howell.

        • 2020

          Halloween Pitch Competition

          In first place was Vulcan Line Tools, a company which specializes in the production of devices for use in the electric utility industry, founded by Zac Young. Second place was awarded to Honeybees Teepees, founded by Amanda Bell. In third was FeedMe, a company that works to provide healthy pre-prepared meals to the citizens of Auburn, founded by Hunter Hinote.

        • 2019

          Halloween Pitch Competition

          In first place was Remora Robotics, a drone that cleans waterways, designed by Zach Wadzinski, Gi Lee, Harrison Smith and Dakota Newsome. Second place was awarded to Connect-a-Move, an online marketplace for moving, founded by James Jackson. In third was Showcase, a digitally-enhanced Bluetooth phone case that allows users to customize their cases via app software, founded by Hipolita Davila and Lucy Mosteller.


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        Lou Bifano

        Lou Bifano

        Director of New Venture Accelerator