Event Details

Entrepreneur-focused competition aimed at high school and college students in two phases: an initial online submission and a live competition in front of a panel of judges. Students submit a 30-second pitch for a chance to win up to $2,000 and potential mentorship opportunities with ACE NextGen.

Event Venue: Stay tuned for more details.

Aug 25, 2024

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)

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Galleria Mall Macy’s Store
5135a W Alabama St
Houston, Texas

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Please also fill out the Pitcher application form to participate as a pitcher! Link in description below.

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All submissions are eligible to win a $25 gift card.

There will be 10 finalists eligible for the grand prizes.

Please fill out the application form to participate as a pitcher!


We're excited to hear your ideas, have fun and good luck!

Pitch & Judging Criteria

ACE NG, in partnership with Macy's, is offering a total of $3,000 in cash prizes to the winner of this competition. We are seeking the best 30-second business pitch ideas from high school and college students. Winners will not only receive a cash prize from our sponsor but also potential mentorship opportunities from our ACE NexGen group of entrepreneurs.

Phase 1: Online submission of application and 30-second pitch video.

Phase 2: Finalists will present their 30-second pitch live in front of a panel of judges with entrepreneurial experience.

Judging Criteria (maximum of 5 points per judge):

- Clarity of Concept (1 Point): Does the entrepreneur clearly and effectively communicate the core idea within the 30-second timeframe?

- Problem/Solution Fit (1 Point): How well does the entrepreneur identify a specific problem and present a fitting solution?

- Market Potential (1 Point): Does the pitch convey an understanding of the target market or potential demand?

- Originality and Innovation (1 Point): Is the idea original, innovative, or uniquely approached?

- Overall Impact and Persuasiveness (1 Point): Does the pitch make a strong, persuasive impact, leaving the judges wanting to learn more?

Rewards: Cash prizes from Macy’s

- 1st Place: $2,000

- 2nd Place: $500

- 3rd Place: $500- Full year of ACE NG membership for the winner.

- Mentorship opportunities with established business owners and entrepreneurs.


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    Youngro Lee

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