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Keith Block Entrepreneurship Competition

Competition: Friday, November 9th, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Team Registration Deadline: October 12th, 11:59pm

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 19th, 11:59pm


Keith Block, Co-CEO of and proud alum of the Dietrich and Heinz Colleges, has through a generous gift established the Block Center for Technology and Society at Heinz College. The center focuses on seeding societal futures through technology, policy, and analytics. In this spirit, we are holding a competition this semester to foster new business ideas in the tech and society space.

The Contest

Proposals are expected to be entrepreneurial ventures that solve a problem in the marketplace and apply technology to address a societal need. A proposal should have the potential of being a viable and possibly transformative growth-oriented startup company. We expect you to form teams of two or more students (no solos) to present your business concept. Students from any part of the university are welcome to participate in this competition Each team will deliver a ten-minute presentation followed by questions from the review panel. The presentation and accompanying PPT deck should address the following questions:

  • What is the societal need?
  • What is your proposed solution?
  • Who is the target market?
  • What is the business model for the proposed venture (how will it be sustainable)?
  • What is the competitive landscape?


Teams must register for the competition by October 12th at 11:59pm using the REGISTRATION PORTAL.

Project proposals must be submitted by October 19th at 11:59pm (link to submit proposals will be sent to the team organizer via an automated email once a team is registered).

The competition will be held on Friday, November 9th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The judges panel will be composed of faculty and industry partners.

Team Prizes:

1st place $5,500
2nd place $3,000
3rd place $2,500

Capstone Project Potential

Spring 2019 graduating Heinz students can present their business proposal as a capstone project submission. Mentorship from the Block Center is also available for students interested in incubating their idea.