Since 2014, OPEN Houston has challenged area entrepreneurs and startups to bring their ideas to life through the OHC Business Pitch Competition. Thanks to our many sponsors during this time, OPEN Houston has awarded over $40,000 in prizes to the early stage companies that have participated in the competition.

BPC judges have come from the investor and founder community, and all competitors have had access to a host of advisors and mentors from the OPEN Houston community. Many of our competitors have gone on to future success through product launches and invitations to renowned incubators like Y Combinator. 

Since 2014, OPEN Houston has challenged area entrepreneurs and startups to bring their ideas to life through the OHC Business Pitch Competition. Thanks to our many sponsors during this time, OPEN Houston has awarded over $40,000 in prizes to the early stage companies that have participated in the competition.

 

BPC judges have come from the investor and founder community, and all competitors have had access to a host of advisors and mentors from the OPEN Houston community. Many of our competitors have gone on to future success through product launches and invitations to renowned incubators like Y Combinator. 

Criteria

This challenge is open to ALL currently enrolled students or recent graduates (class of 2015 or later) from Colleges and Universities. Exceptions to the rule can be requested on a case by case basis. However, applicants must have raised less than $500K in capital. The finalist selection criteria are:

  • The Idea
  • Clarity
  • Potential Value
  • Probability of Success
This challenge is open to ALL currently enrolled students or recent graduates (class of 2015 or later) from Colleges and Universities. Exceptions to the rule can be requested on a case by case basis. However, applicants must have raised less than $500K in capital. The finalist selection criteria are:

 

  • The Idea
  • Clarity
  • Potential Value
  • Probability of Success

Prizes

$10,000   |   First Prize

$2,500     |   Second Prize

$1,000     |   Third Prize

All submissions and pitch day competitors will receive feedback and the opportunity to gain mentors and advisors.

$10,000   |   First Prize

$2,500     |   Second Prize

$1,000     |   Third Prize

All submissions and pitch day competitors will receive feedback and the opportunity to gain mentors and advisors.

Process

  • The official site for all BPC submissions is at ohc2017.startupcompete.co
  • Submit your profile and pitch related document by October 15th, 2017 at the BPC submission site
  • 6-8 finalists will be selected and invited to pitch to our judges and live audience at OHC 2017, on the afternoon of Saturday Nov 4th. More information on OHC 2017 is available at ohc.openhouston.org.
  • The official site for all BPC submissions is at ohc2017.startupcompete.co
  • Submit your profile and pitch related document by October 15th, 2017 at the BOC submission site
  • 6-8 finalists will be selected and invited to pitch to our judges and live audience at OHC 2017, on the afternoon of Saturday Nov 4th. More information on OHC 2017 is available at ohc.openhouston.org.

Important Dates

Oct 22   |   Submission Deadline

Oct 29   |   Finalists Announced

Nov  4   |   Live Pitch Competition at OHC 2017

OPEN HOUSTON

PO BOX 79324, HOUSTON, TX 77027

INFO@OPENHOUSTON.ORG

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