WHAT IS PITCH
ZUVENTUREZ invites all entrepreneurial-minded individuals from every major at APU to take part in a FREE eight-week series of workshops. This entrepreneurial training program is designed to mentor, coach and equip STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY, and STAFF to launch their ideas into businesses. These workshops build towards ZUVENTUREZ PITCH, a startup pitch competition, where individuals and teams pitch to startup founders, angel investors, and top-level professionals while competing for the chance to win a $15,000 prize.

 
 
 

WHAT IS NEW WITH PITCH
ZV PITCH IS NOW SPLIT INTO AN IDEATION PHASE AND A TRACTION PHASE.

Open to: Founders who have an idea and need to develop their Minimum
Viable Product (MVP) or early stage startups with users or customers and are ready to grow!

 
 

HAVE A NEW IDEA TO LAUNCH YOUR BUSINESS?

Validate your idea, understand your customers and identify your target market. Pitch your idea through our competition and complete for win for prize money to launch your business.

ALREADY HAVE REVENUE, CUSTOMERS, OR USERS?

You will have the opportunity to grow your network and receive custom, tailored feedback to refine your pitch deck and impress your investors.

 
 
 

TOPICS COVERED IN PITCH
Our Zuventurez workshops are specifically designed to meet the needs of the Zuventurez PITCH participants. Each workshop will direct its focus towards a specific topic to validate their idea, to find their problem statements, and to build a pitch deck. The topics discussed in our workshops:

 
 

  • DISCOVERING YOUR WHY
  • FINDING YOUR PROBLEM AND SOLUTION
  • LEARNING TO TELL A BETTER STORY
  • KNOWING YOUR MARKETPLACE
  • FINDING YOUR CUSTOMERS
  • PRICING YOUR PRODUCT
  • IMPRESSING YOUR INVESTORS
  • REFINING YOUR PITCH DECK
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    READY TO JOIN PITCH?
    We recommend Zuventurez PITCH to anyone who is passionate about building their idea. Our PITCH competition begins with FREE workshops in the fall to get an idea if this is right for you and your product. Throughout these workshops, you will get a chance to meet with advisors and mentors to help guide you through each step. It is a great opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs. In the spring you will have the oppotunity to compete in our pitch competition.

     
     

     
     
    OUR PITCH FELLOWS
    We appreciate all of our fellows! Below, we listed the top seven teams that have made it to the finals through Zuventurez PITCH. Many of our fellows – even the ones that did not place – have gone on to launching their own businesses.
     
     
    2017-2018 TOP 6 TEAMS

     
    VENTURE LEATHER COMPANY 1st Place Winner
    James Crawford, '09

    KHOMBA AFRICA 2nd Place Winner
    "Mo" Nefale, '16

    LEFT 3rd Place Winner
    Shayanne Wright, '18
    DVVY
    Andrea Driver, '17, Zack Goldstein, '18, Keaka Kaakau, '18, David Bartholemew, '18, Nathan Frasier, '18, Jason Kirschenmann, '18

    LOVE STRONG RINGS
    Matthew Tanoue, '13, D.P.T. '19

    NEAT SPEAK
    Kyle Jaynes, '16, Michael Austin, '16, Ricky Creitz, '16

     

     
     
    2016 TOP 7 TEAMS

    URBAN VINYL 1st Place Winner
    Seth Fontaine, Christian Sanchez

    M57 2nd Place Winner
    Jason Russ, '17

    I AM UNIQUE! 3rd Place Winner
    Jennifer Vassel '18

    BUNKMATE
    Zachariah Akin, '17, Jordan Bourdreau, '17, Jacob Sharp, '17

    IN TIME
    Sam Carleton, '18, Luke Irving, '18, Evan Lawrie, '18

    LEFT
    Shayanne Wright, '18

    MICROBIUS
    Steve Eubanks

     

     
    2015 TOP 7 TEAMS
     
    PLACE ME 1st Place Winner
    Maritza Grissom

    UNITE LITE 2nd Place Winner
    Gordon Change, Ashley Goeken

    THREADSAFE 3rd Place Winner
    George Kingsley

    AGAPE
    Drew Dierickx, Brian Dillian

    PERFECT PIXELS
    James Feller, Madison Hunter

    THANKS!
    Peter Cusack

    URBAN VINYL
    Seth Fontaine, Christian Sanchez