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Pitch for Purpose is a startup competition celebrating social entrepreneurs and their ideas that will change the world.
 

  Hear from our 2020 Winner

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Pitch for Purpose 2020 winner Ahva Sadeghi, Co-founder and CEO of Symba


The Pitch for Purpose competition recognizes mission-driven founders whose startups leverage emerging technology and innovation to address social and environmental challenges.

Submit your application today for a chance to win $15,000. 

 

Finalists will receive:

  • Mentorship and pre-event pitch coaching from TCS Industry Leaders, SEED SPOT’s National Mentor Program
  • Free registration for SEED SPOT’s Bootcamp and other benefits including:
    • Alumni membership status granting access to tools and resources with benefits
    • Membership to SEED SPOT’s Community Slack group & Founder Scrums
    • 6 month mentorship via TCS’ technology and consulting expert network
  • At the 2021 Pitch for Purpose Live Program
    • Media and promotional opportunities
    • TCS will award the first-place founder with a $15,000 cash prize


Eligibility:  

  • Social Mission: Your startup is developing products or services that will have a positive impact on your community, the environment, or society at large.
  • The Founding Team: You must be a founder of the startup, and part of the current executive team.  
  • Stage: Early-stage startup with a minimum viable product (MVP) focused on product development and building a customer base. The venture must have conducted basic market-level testing and received some user feedback.
  • Funding: Your startup has raised less than $1 million in total funding. 
  • Location: Your startup is based in the United States, but its work may have an international focus.
  • Novelty and Uniqueness: The solution should be novel and/or unique and should have certain differentiating elements from competitors in the same industry and the market.


Evaluation:

At each phase of the competition, entrepreneurs will be evaluated on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Innovation and Uniqueness: What is new or innovative about your proposed solution?
  • Execution Plan: What is the growth and sales strategy, and how will you scale your offering?
  • Social Mission: What positive impact does your venture have on society?
  • Business Model: How do you generate revenue and how big can your startup become?
  • Progress: What is your traction and key milestones to date? (product development, partnerships, sales, downloads, website traffic, etc.)
  • Team: What is the expertise of your team?


Key Milestones:

  • October 29: Application deadline. Submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. PST.
  • November 3: Finalists will be notified.
  • November 18: The Pitch for Purpose competition will take place virtually.

 


 

Learn more about our 2021 Finalists:

2020 winners


 

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Learn more about our 2020 Finalists:

2020 winners

 

Return to the main Pitch for Purpose 2021 page or learn more about other Digital Empowers initiatives