1000 Pitches is a two month pitch competition that energizes entrepreneurial thinking at USC. Participants share any idea they might have—yes, any idea—in a short video pitch that’s shared to the USC community through the 1000 Pitches Facebook page. Unlike most pitch competitions, 1000 Pitches does not seek highly prepared presentations. Instead, students spontaneously share their pitch at a “pitch booth” set up somewhere on campus in exchange for a super-soft, super comfy T-Shirt. This approach lets us target the general USC student population, who may not already be familiar with entrepreneurial thinking, and make an impact that reaches all corners of campus.
Spark SC started the USC branch of 1000 Pitches in Fall 2014, and we’ve continued the tradition in the Fall of 2015 and 2016. Every year of the competition so far, we’ve exceeded our goal of collecting one thousand pitches.
We believe amazing ideas are out there—scribbled on a sticky note, typed up in a notes app, or incubating in a brain. 1000 Pitches invites students to discard their preconceptions of who can be an entrepreneur and believe that everyone has an idea worth sharing.
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