2020 FDUPitch Business Idea Competition

Do you have a winning business idea?

  • First place prize is $1000 for the team or individual.
  • Second place prize is $500
  • Third place prize is $250
  • The team that wins the FDUPitch shall agree to participate in the UPitchNJ statewide competition at Nokia Bell Labs on April 17, 2020. The winning team will set up an exhibit and pitch its business idea/model to a panel of judges in a large auditorium.

Submit your idea to see if you qualify to compete in FDUPitch

  • Monday, February 3, 2020: The deadline to submit your business idea.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020: The date of the annual competition.
  • Location: Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall.
  • Use the form below to submit your entry.

Rules of the competition

  1. Teams can consist of one to three members. Team members can be undergraduate students of any major.
  2. What is your business idea? And why do you think you should win? The idea submission cannot exceed 500 words.
  3. Who are your customers?
  4. Who are your competitors?
  5. Criteria to keep in mind when writing your business idea:
    • the clarity of idea
    • how persuasive your idea is
    • how innovative your idea is
    • the social impact of your product or service


  1. How to Create a Winning Business Idea — In Six Easy Steps from Forbes Magazine
  2. How to Pitch an Idea to Your Boss, Colleagues, and Customers from Workawesome.com

Previous Winners

  • Winners: Rachel Catena, Chris Lopez and David Vance, and John Marciano
  • Judging panel: Jon Budish, Domenick Celentano, Guillaume Gauthereau, Joseph Gulfo, Meyyappan Narayanan
  • Moderator: Patrick Cozza