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Are You an Entrepreneur? Do You Have the Next Big Business Idea?

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Are You an Entrepreneur? Do You Have the Next Big Business Idea?

If so, you might be a great fit for The Big Pitch, a student startup challenge offered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI).

Rio Salado College is looking for a student entrepreneur (or team) with a business idea that has the potential for success to move forward in The Big Pitch competition! 

Applications are being accepted now. Deadline has been extended to Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. 

The Rio Salado selection will take place virtually on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m.- noon.

The three students or teams who are selected to be Rio Salado College’s semifinalists will attend Big Pitch Business Accelerator in-person on March 14-16, 2022 (Spring Break). Students will learn crucial business concepts alongside other student entrepreneurs from each of the MCCCD colleges.

Ten MCCCD students will be chosen to compete as finalists in the Big Pitch competition on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Students will compete in-person to win: first place-$15,000; second place-$7,000; third place-$3,000 in cash and prizes to put toward starting their business. The winner will also receive one year of required coaching from CEI to help them launch their startup.

To learn more about the program, visit

For questions, email Lily Davidov at

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